The oldest and most traditional version of cricket is test cricket. Success in Test cricket will make it easier for a player to succeed in the white-ball format. Many cricketers find participating in a test match to be a difficult experience, but Kane Williamson of New Zealand finds “romance” in the red-ball sport.
The former New Zealand captain recently recorded his 27th century in the format, aiding his team’s stunning victory over Sri Lanka in the opening Test of the current two-match series. Williamson acknowledged that no other format can match the “romance” of red-ball cricket after the first Test was a success.
Williamson argued that the five-day duration of a test match, which can lead to difficult circumstances and necessitates a specific plan of attack in order to succeed, is what makes the format so beautiful. And that is exactly what made New Zealand vs Sri Lanka contest thrilling as the hosts clinched a victory on the final delivery of the final day.
“Test cricket is special, there is a romance to it and there is a bond in working really hard for a long time and ending up in some of the situations that we’ve found ourselves in. You can’t replicate that in the other formats,” Williamson was quoted as saying by News18.
The 32-year-old has accomplished a number of significant milestones in his career. He has scored the most runs for New Zealand in the game’s longest format and has the most Test centuries to his credit. Williamson does not, however, think that individual success should take precedence over the team’s performance.
“Test centuries are definitely special but when you sit in the dressing room afterward you don’t sit and think about yourself. You think about the five days and the contributions that were made throughout. That should all be acknowledged in the same way,” Williamson added.