Daryl Mitchell broke a 73-year-old record for the most runs by a New Zealand batsman during a Test series against England while making 109 at Headingley on Friday.
His third hundred of the three-match series took him to 482 runs, 20 more than Martin Donnelly made in 1949.
The 31-year-old, who could still add to the tally if required to bat in the second innings, became just the fifth New Zealander to score hundreds in three successive Tests.
Mitchell hit 108 in the first Test at Lord’s and followed up with 190 in the second game at Trent Bridge.
His latest hundred put him in elite company alongside arguably Test cricket’s greatest batsman.
Mitchell is only the second overseas cricketer after Australia’s Donald Bradman in 1930 to score hundreds in each of the first three matches of a series in England.
But despite Mitchell’s impressive run spree, Test world champions New Zealand lost both the opening matches of this series by five wickets as England took an unassailable 2-0 lead.
Mitchell’s hundred on Friday came off 213 balls but he was out shortly afterwards, caught by Ben Stokes off Jack Leach.
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