244* – The previous highest score by an opener while carrying the bat in Tests, by Alastair Cook in the Ashes Test at the MCG in 2017-18. Tom Latham’s 264* in this innings beat that record. Latham is only the second New Zealand batsman to carry his bat through an innings after Glenn Turner, who did twice. Click here for a list of openers to carry their bats in Tests.
0 – Individual scores in Tests higher than Latham’s 264* in Tests this year. Mushfiqur Rahim’s unbeaten 219 against Zimbabwe is the only other double-hundred in Tests in 2018. In the event that there isn’t a higher individual score this year, Latham will only be the seventh New Zealand batsman to top-score in Tests in a calendar year. The last one to do so was Ross Taylor, who made 290 in 2015 at the WACA.
1 – Scores higher than Latham’s by New Zealand openers in Tests. Latham ended up just three runs short of the highest score of 267* by Bryan Young. That innings too had come against Sri Lanka, in Dunedin in 1997. Latham’s unbeaten innings is the sixth-highest score by a New Zealand batsman in Tests.
491 – The previous highest team Test total when a batsman carried his bat in Tests*: Alastair Cook did it in England’s first innings in the 2017-18 Ashes Test at the MCG. Latham now holds the record for carrying the bat through the biggest innings in terms of runs. In terms of batting the longest by team overs, Pakistan’s Nazar Mohammad holds the record. He batted through the 1167 balls that Pakistan’s first innings lasted in the Lucknow Test in 1952-53. At a length of 945 deliveries, Latham’s innings ranks fifth in this list and is the second-longest such innings by a New Zealand batsman. Glenn Turner carried his bat through an innings that lasted 1127 balls, against West Indies in 1971-72.