Kane Williamson will lead New Zealand in the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup.© AFP
New Zealand head coach Gary Stead is confident that skipper Kane Williamson, who suffered a hamstring injury during the IPL last week, will be fit in time for the team’s opening T20 World Cup match against Pakistan on October 26. Williamson was left out of the Sunrisers Hyderabad game. XI for their final match of the Indian Premier League, but Stead played down concerns about the possibility of hurting Williamson’s participation in the marquee event. “Kane is fine,” Stead told New Zealand Cricket. “He has a very mild injury to his hamstring right now, but he’s doing everything right at the moment, he’s feeling fine,” he said.
“They (Sunrisers Hyderabad) were also out of the competition, so I’m not sure that was something they had to play in.”
Williamson joined the New Zealand camp from the IPL. Other members joining the national team directly from the IPL included James Neesham and Adam Milne of Mumbai Indians, along with bowling coach Shane Bond.
With two weeks to go before New Zealand play their first match of the tournament, Stead is leading the match to get his squad accustomed to the UAE heat.
“Today we trained in probably the hottest part of the day. Two o’clock we start and it’s somewhere between 35 and 38 degrees. You can feel that you burn out very quickly. We have to keep the fluids up. . A little bit of shock therapy and getting people back in warmer climates and working harder,” Stead said.
“… make sure we manage people in the next wee and be clear about our training and what we’re trying to achieve. We’re certainly not doing this to cook and cook people “
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