Hamish Rutherford plays down dazzling ton on debut

Rutherford, the son of former Black Caps captain Ken, said he deliberately kept his celebrations muted after becoming only the ninth New Zealander to score a century on debut, briefly raising his bat to mark the milestone.

updated: March 08, 2013 16:09 IST
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Dunedin: New Zealand's Hamish Rutherford played down his achievement in posting the seventh highest debut in Test history on Friday, saying he was just doing his job for the Black Caps.

The 23-year-old scored 171 against England in the opening Test at his home ground in Dunedin to put the unfancied New Zealanders in a commanding position with a 235-run lead against England after third day.

"It won't sink in until I get home and have a wee lie down," the quietly-spoken batsman said.

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