Five talking points ahead of the Black Caps' second test against Sri Lanka

Kane Williamson should be set for a big one in the second test against Sri Lanka at Seddon Park,

Kane Williamson should be set for a big one in the second test against Sri Lanka at Seddon Park,

Rise of Kane

Kane Williamson has played three tests at Seddon Park, scoring four fifties (and 0 and 1) but no hundreds, which means the time is ripe for him to finally bring up the milestone at his Northern Districts home ground. As the Black Caps began their last test in Hamilton, against the West Indies in December 2013, Williamson was averaging 35 in test cricket. Two years and 17 tests later, his average is 49.16.

World record beckons

Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum can take ownership of the world record for most test sixes if he hits one over the ropes in Hamilton. He is currently tied with Australia's Adam Gilchrist, with 100 sixes. Remarkably, team-mate Tim Southee is the next active Black Cap on that list, with 55.

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Talking of captains

Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews is in good company himself. The 28-year-old right-hander is one of only eight current players with a test average (50.46) in excess of 50. Bangladesh's Mominul Haque heads that group, averaging 56 from 17 matches. Joe Root, Steve Smith, Younis Khan, AB de Villiers, Hashim Amla and David Warner are the others.

Primed pitch

This will be the first test played on the Patumahoe clay, which is expected to provide plenty of pace and bounce. The block at Seddon Park was altered a few years ago and features half the pitches made with Patumahoe and the other half with Waikare clay - which tends to provide a slower surface. Plenty of grass has been left on this deck in the hope of helping the ball kiss-on.

It's been a while

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Remarkably, Sri Lanka's last test in Hamilton was way back in 1997. New Zealand won that match by 120 runs, with Heath Davis capturing his one and only test five-wicket bag, and Daniel Vettori claiming his first of 20. The Sri Lankans were full of household names - Jayasuriya, De Silva, Ranatunga, Kaluwitharana, Vaas, Muralitharan and current test umpire Kumar Dharmasena - a bit different to their current crop.

 - Stuff


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