'NZ are very fortunate to have him' - South African skipper purrs over Kane Williamson

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South African Test captain Faf du Plessis has praised his opposite, Kane Williamson, after his side's 1-0 series win over the Black Caps.

A final day washout halted New Zealand's quest for a drawn series after a strong performance with bat and ball put them in the driver's seat at the end of day four in Hamilton.

Williamson was awarded man-of-the-match after his first innings score of 176, with du Plessis singling out the New Zealand skipper in his post match press conference.

"He's a wonderful player, New Zealand are very fortunate to have him in their side," du Plessis said.

"I would like to congratulate him on a good series. Two hundreds out of three games. If we can get Kane, that's half the battle.

"The way he goes about his business - he's a quiet guy, he's an unassuming guy, he just comes across as a really nice guy."

"I think there are one or two players that are actually quite happy when he gets tons because they are such good mates with him."

The South African captain also added that he rates Williamson among some of the game's greatest.

"We've played against some proper players - this team's played against [Ricky] Ponting, they've played with [Jacques] Kallis, they've played against Steve Smith, and he's up there, there's no doubt about it."

Williamson scored his 17th Test hundred in the drawn Test, putting him level with arguably New Zealand's greatest ever batsman, Martin Crowe.

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