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CHRISTCHURCH:  World’s primary Take a look at batsman Kane Williamson confirmed his class on Tuesday after scoring his fourth double century and placing New Zealand within the driving seat in the course of the second Take a look at in opposition to Pakistan.

Williamson reached 238 earlier than his marathon innings got here to an finish three overs earlier than tea, caught within the deep by Shan Masood off faheem Ashraf.

The New Zealand captain reached the 200 milestone with a single off Shaheen Afridi from the primary ball he confronted after the second rain disruption in the course of the center session on day three.

On the primary ball he confronted after the primary rain stoppage, Williamson was dropped by Azher Ali when on 177.

Learn extra: Williamson, Nicholls punish Pakistan with triple-century stand

It was a uncommon error from Williamson who had countered each lure set by Pakistan with a spread of strokes from silky touches to highly effective drives.

He commanded the crease for 9 hours 33 minutes after going to the center within the twentieth over and at tea New Zealand had been 599 for six, main Pakistan by 302.

It continued a tremendous house sequence for the New Zealand captain who has returned scores of 251, 129, 21 and now 238, and has turn out to be the third New Zealander to move 7,000 runs behind Ross Taylor and Stephen Fleming.

“Not at all surprised to see the consistency of Kane Williamson,” tweeted former India nice VVS Laxman.

“Unbelievable work ethics and attention to detail while preparing for any match are the reasons behind his success. A true role model for any youngster to emulate.”

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Brendon McCullum, the one different New Zealand participant to attain 4 double centuries, described Williamson as an “absolute genius”.

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