T20 World Cup – Kane Williamson ‘wonderful after very, very slight hamstring twinge’, on course for T20 World Cup opener


“He’s getting through everything at the moment and he’s feeling good,” New Zealand head coach Gary Stead stated

Kane Williamson, who had missed Sunrisers Hyderabad’s final league fixture towards Mumbai Indians final week with damage, is “fine” now, two weeks out of New Zealand’s T20 World Cup opener towards Pakistan in Sharjah.

Manish Pandey, who had stood in for Williamson in a useless rubber for Sunrisers, stated that Williamson was nursing an elbow niggle, however in response to New Zealand head coach Gary Stead, Williamson had harm his hamstring.

“Kane is fine. He just had a very, very slight hamstring twinge, but he’s getting through everything at the moment and he’s feeling good,” Stead informed NZC’s in-home media group at their coaching base in Dubai. “They [Sunrisers Hyderabad] were out of the competition as well, so I’m not sure if that was something he had to play in.”

Devon Conway, who had sustained a finger damage on the inaugural Hundred in August earlier this 12 months, has additionally hit the nets. Conway is being seen because the second wicketkeeper within the squad behind the primary-selection Tim Seifert, who’s at present a part of Kolkata Knight Riders’ squad within the IPL.

“Yeah, he’s going well,” Stead stated of Conway’s progress on the nets. “He had a first real session yesterday with the gloves back on and kept very well in that and got some specialist coaching and stuff. Encouraged [by] the way he’s going.”

Shane Bond, James Neesham and Adam Milne have linked up with the New Zealand squad in Dubai after their IPL facet Mumbai Indians missed the playoffs this time. Stead stated that Bond’s function with the nationwide group would contain working with the spin bowlers and serving to bowling coach Shane Jurgensen.

“So, Bondie came in, in the last couple of days as well, when Mumbai were knocked out,” Stead stated. “He’s working specifically with the spin bowlers in the tournament for us as well. So, he’s been great and it provides another set of hands for Shane [Jurgensen] when you look at a large number in squad are bowlers. He’s working with the spinners, in particular, and just around their strategies.”

New Zealand will play three heat-up video games towards Netherlands, Australia and England, earlier than they run into Pakistan in the primary match on October 26. Stead indicated that the fellows who have not had sufficient recreation-time within the IPL can be given an opportunity to work their means again into rhythm. Left-arm spin-bowling allrounder Mitchell Santner, who’s a part of the Chennai Super Kings squad, is the one New Zealander who hasn’t performed a single recreation this IPL. As for Kyle Jamieson, he does not have a lot recreation-time underneath his belt, having not featured in Royal Challengers Bangalore’s final 5 video games within the UAE leg.

“I think the guys that haven’t played – we will be looking to give them as much game-time as we can,” Stead stated. “We’ve obviously got Netherlands on the 16th, Australia the 18th and England on the 20th. The other guys will come in and join us after the IPL stages, so we’ll just see who has been playing and who hasn’t in that time. Kyle will join up in the next couple of days and he will want a bit of match-time and I believe Mitchell Santner will want some match-time as well.”

Deivarayan Muthu is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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