Cricket: Kane Williamson on the cusp of more batting history as Blackcaps eye bounceback against Bangladesh

Even Kane Williamson's teammates are running out of superlatives to describe him, as another Blackcaps batting record beckons.

As the Blackcaps slumped to a 150-run defeat to Bangladesh in the series-opening test in Sylhet, Williamson created Kiwi history by scoring 104 in the first innings, his fourth hundred in his last four tests.  

And already holding the New Zealand record for most centuries in succession, another one in the series finale in Dhaka come Wednesday would only add to Williamson's incredible record.

Kane Williamson.
Kane Williamson. Photo credit: Photosport

In the entire 131-year history of test cricket, only four players have scored five or more hundreds in consecutive tests.

South Africa's Jacques Kallis, Pakistan's Mohammad Yousuf and India's Gautam Gambhir all achieved five in five, while Sir Don Bradman - arguably the greatest batter of all time - managed six in six.

Williamson has already equalled one Bradman record, with his 104 in the first test being his 29th test century, taking him level with the Australian legend. 

Should Williamson manage three figures again in his test career, he'd go past him altogether.

Since giving up the test captaincy at the end of 2022, Williamson has only continued to excel with the bat.

In 12 innings, he's made 870 runs and been dismissed 10 times for an average of 87 exactly. In that time, he's passed 100 five times, with two of them being double-centuries.

Kane Williamson.
Kane Williamson. Photo credit: Getty Images

As a mainstay of the Blackcaps' middle order, Daryl Mitchell has had one of the best seats in the house to watch Williamson go about his work.

But even with that taken into consideration, seeing Williamson achieve what he does will never get old.

"He's not just a special cricketer, but a pretty special human, isn't he?" Mitchell asked. "The way he goes about his business is incredible to watch.

"From a personal point of view, I definitely learn a lot from him, and have a lot of conversations with him around how he goes about things, in different conditions, and against different bowlers.

"Although he might not be our captain, he's definitely the leader of the batting group. For us to learn off him, you don't get a much better teacher than watching Kane go about his business.

"I hope the whole of New Zealand recognises how lucky we are to have someone like him as part of our test team.

"He's in a nice little patch of form, and hopefully he can continue it. But we also understand that he can't do that every day, it's just the nature of the game."

The Blackcaps will need more of the same from Williamson when the second test begins, in order to avoid a first test series defeat against Bangladesh.

Last week's loss was only New Zealand's second test loss to the Tigers, and first in Bangladesh.

History is on the Blackcaps' side though, after following up their first test loss to Bangladesh with a thumping by an innings at the start of 2022.

Watch live, free-to-air coverage of the first test between the Blackcaps and Bangladesh on ThreeNow or follow live updates on Newshub from 4pm, Wednesday