BRISBANE, Australia (AP) -- As he reflected on yet another century on foreign soil, Kane Williamson's voice was tinged with disappointment at the circumstances of his personal flow of runs.
The 25-year-old Williamson scored 140 on Saturday, stroking 24 boundaries and defying a pace attack that skittled the New Zealand top order, to post his first test hundred against Australia and 11th overall. He has scored hundreds against eight of the nine other test-ranked nations, and has reached triple figures in tests in three different countries this year.
But with New Zealand trailing by 503 runs after three days of the series-opening match against Australia at the Gabba, Williamson's knows his job is far from done.
"I always think that when you score, or you make a contribution to a strong team performance, that has the most satisfaction," Williamson said. "When I got to the 100 I just wanted to keep batting and try and score as many as I could to help put the team in a stronger position and build some partnerships, which we weren't able to do throughout the innings chasing a big first innings from Australia."
Williamson's was the third century of the game, following Usman Khawaja's 174 and David Warner's 163 in Australia's first innings of 556-4 declared.
He was the last wicket to fall when New Zealand was bowled out for 317 in reply. Warner then went back to work and contributed 116 to a 237-run opening stand with Joe Burns (129) to start Australia's second innings and almost put the result beyond New Zealand.
"It's important that we play positively," Williamson said. "Obviously, it's a tough challenge, but it's important that the guys dig deep and show a really fighting effort in that second innings."
Williamson talks a lot about taking one step at a time, and that's how he bats. He has scored more runs than anyone across the formats of international cricket this year, and is the fastest New Zealander to pass 3,000 runs in test cricket, beating a mark held by Martin Crowe.
"Two days. It's tough. If you look at it as a whole, it's a long way away, two days of batting or a score of 500," Williamson said of the state of play, "but from our perspective, it's important we take small steps."
The New Zealanders have struggled since strike bowler Tim Southee hurt his back on the first day, and injury which has prevented him from bowling and could mean he misses the second test in Perth next week.
"Tim is a leader with the ball in our pack, so that obviously is a big loss," Williamson said. "I don't know how serious the injury is -- hopefully he can recover quickly."
Earlier this year, Crowe said the way Williamson was batting "We're seeing the dawn of probably our greatest ever batsman." It was an opinion confirmed by Richard Hadlee, who guided New Zealand to its only test series win in Australia back in 1985, this week.
Australia vice-captain Warner chimed in with some praise on Saturday.
"The way he played out there against three unbelievable quicks was fantastic," Warner said. "He's a definite world-class player. He's got a great career ahead of him."