Cricket: Kane tops Black Caps test totals

Kane Williamson. Photo / Getty Images
Kane Williamson. Photo / Getty Images

Kane Williamson was the Black Caps' top test run-scorer, Ross Taylor topped the one-day list while Tim Southee headed the test bowlers and Mitchell McClenaghan the short-form bowling in the 12 months the Black Caps have performed since the November 13 bombshell involving Taylor's demotion from captain.

Capturing all cricket from November 6 last year and before tonight's re-engagement with Sri Lanka, it is clear the Black Caps have not dominated their opponents even before their overall record during that period is viewed: Tests - Played 11, won 1, drew 5, lost 5. ODIs - Played 16, won 6, lost 10. T20s - Played 7, won 3, lost 4.

There are some exceptions. Williamson performed with bat and increasingly well with ball during the measured period; Taylor recovered from the controversy, disappointment and self-imposed exile to become the leading run-scorer in one day internationals.

There were not enough T20s and a changing cast of players meant such measurement was less meaningful over this period.

Guptill had a woeful test season but recovered from two ducks in his first two ODI innings to lead the way in that form, with a strike rate of 85 per cent if those two ducks are omitted. He also led the way in the T20s, with an unbeaten century and an average of 68.75 in the shortest form of the game.

- Herald on Sunday

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