Opener Tom Latham beat Alastair Cook’s Evaluation record to get a batsman carrying out their bat as New Zealand took control of the first Test.

It’s the 56th time in Test cricket an opening batsman has remained out not later 10 wickets have dropped.

New Zealand were 578 out before decreasing the vacationers to 20-3 in their second innings.

Latham, that began the afternoon on 121, was at the crease to get 11 hours reached his century.

He is the first New Zealand batsman to carry his bat since Glenn Turner, who scored 223 at 1972 against West Indies.

It’s also the highest Test score made in 2018 and the highest Test score by any New Zealander.

“All these innings don’t come around too often, which means it’s necessary to enjoy the moment whenever they perform,” said Latham.

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson scored 91 and all rounder Colin de Grandhomme 49 since the hosts dominated in Wellington.

Trent Boult along with pace bowlers Tim Southee then claimed three Sri Lankan wickets in their day’s 12 overs.


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