New Zealand captain Kane Williamson breaks record during World Cup final

New Zealand’s Kane Williamson has set a new record for the most runs scored by a captain at a World Cup.

Williamson is regarded as one of the best players New Zealand has ever produced and has amassed over 13,000 runs since making his international debut in 2010.

The 28-year-old has enjoyed a fine World Cup, scoring two centuries and two fifties to help New Zealand reach only their second final.

After England made an early breakthrough at Lord’s this morning, Williamson scored 30 to help New Zealand recover to 103-1, before nicking behind off Liam Plunkett.

Most runs scored by a World Cup captain

Williamson’s contribution in the final took his overall tally for the tournament to 578, which is a new record for a World Cup captain.

Sri Lanka legend Mahela Jayawardene previously held the record after amassing 548 runs in the 2007 World Cup.

Aaron Finch, meanwhile, made 507 in this edition before Australia’s semi-final defeat to hosts England.

Williamson, who made his 578 runs at an average of more than 82 and a strike-rate of 75, said ahead of the 2019 World Cup final: ‘We are all very excited.

‘A lot of people have said that England are favourites and I think they deserve to have that tag, while we are the underdogs.

‘Coming into this tournament from the start, they were favourites and they’ve been playing really good cricket.

‘But whatever dog we are, it’s just important that we focus on the cricket that we want to play and we have seen over the years that anybody can beat anybody regardless of breed of dog.’

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