Kane Williamson a winner for Black Caps in numbers crunch
Black Caps batsman Kane Williamson's temperament and technique were the difference in last Saturday's nail-biting win for New Zealand over Australia - and the same credentials have been key to the team's strong form over the past 14 months.
The Black Caps No 3 has been in career-best form since the beginning of 2014, scoring 1326 ODI runs from 22 innings, at an average of 69.78 and strike rate of 89.29.
He has scored more ODI runs since the beginning of 2014 than he did in the three-and-a-half year period from his debut in August 2010 to the end of 2013.
With Williamson in such consistent form at No 3 the Black Caps' average score when the second wicket falls has also improved. Since 2014, New Zealand have on average 81 runs on the board at the fall of the second wicket, compared with 65 in the 2010-2013 period, 64 since the year 2000 and 62 overall.
Statistics also show there is a strong correlation between Williamson's form at No 3 and the Black Caps' win ratio.
Since the beginning of 2014 Williamson has batted in 22 ODIs for New Zealand, they have gone on to win 17 and lose just five. Prior to 2014 he featured in 47 ODIs for just 15 wins.
Williamson's run of form has also kept him in some pretty illustrious company on the ODI run-scoring charts. Only Kumar Sangakkara, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Hashim Amla, Angelo Mathews and AB de Villiers have scored more runs than Williamson since the start of 2014 and all have played more innings. Of those above him on aggregate only de Villiers boasts a better average.