• Latham’s 264 sixth highest by Kiwi

    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.

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    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.

    Player Runs Balls Opposition Ground Date
    BB McCullum 302 559 India Wellington 2014
    MD Crowe 299 523 Sri Lanka Wellington 1991
    LRPL Taylor 290 374 Australia Perth 2015
    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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    Simon Lewis