Williamson hopes 'awkward' hug with rookie Rutherford marks start of new NZ era

Sydney, Mar 13 (ANI): New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson hopes he and new batting sensation Hamish Rutherford, who scored a splendid ton in his debut Test in Dunedin against England, can celebrate more milestones mid-pitch following their awkward hug after the rookie batsman completed his century.

Williamson reckons he and Rutherford can become long-term fixtures at the top of the New Zealand Test cricket batting order, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

In a line-up brimming with veterans, first drop Williamson and opener Rutherford offer a glimpse of the future in a ball-blunting area where the Black Caps have long struggled.

Rutherford's brilliant debut innings of 171 in the drawn first Test against England at Dunedin last week was especially welcome for Williamson, the paper said.

Williamson eventually reached the crease to find a Test rookie with no need for advice, and he said Rutherford was coping perfectly well, adding he batted outstandingly and it's a great moment for him, especially ticking off the 100 so early.

Williamson said it's a contrast that clicks neatly and which he believes can be just as effective in the second Test starting in Wellington on Thursday, adding he also hopes the pair can celebrate more milestones mid-pitch although not in such awkward manner as when Rutherford reached three figures at University Oval.

In a comical scene that has been a popular subject of television replays, Rutherford went to shake his batting partner's hand but there was hesitation before Williamson finally got his way with a hug, the paper added.

Williamson said he went straight in for the hug, he wasn't too sure, adding it is always awkward because lads always go hug to one side, so you both go to the same side but it's ok, doesn't matter because scored a hundred. (ANI)