Wellington is a happy hunting ground for New Zealanders looking for big scores, and Sri Lanka seems to be a favoured opponent, with Tom Latham’s epic, undefeated 264 not out the latest addition to the record books.
It was the 26-year-old’s seventh Test ton in his 40th Test (72 innings) and bettered his 177 against Bangladesh at Wellington in January 2017, which was the last time he reached three figures in a Test.
Latham’s 264 not out was the sixth-highest Test score for New Zealand, coming off 489 balls (21×4, 1×6). Three of New Zealand’s top six Test scores have been registered at Wellington, while four have been against Sri Lankan opposition.
His innings was also the highest score by a batter carrying his bat in a Test inning, passing Alastair Cook’s 244 not out for England against Australia at Melbourne in December 2017.
Latham’s marathon effort lasted 11-and-a-half hours and spanned 157.3 overs, and a feature of his innings was his superb cover driving. It was also the sixth Test double-century scored for New Zealand at the Basin Reserve.
|MD Crowe||299||523||Sri Lanka||Wellington||1991|
|SP Fleming||274*||476||Sri Lanka||Colombo (PSS)||2003|
|BA Young||267*||422||Sri Lanka||Dunedin||1997|
|TWM Latham||264*||489||Sri Lanka||Wellington||2018|
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