Sunday, September 25, 2022

Watched a lot of second Test, didn’t have much else to do: Williamson

New Zealand tour of New Zealand, 2022

Williamson © Getty “It’s always interesting to see it from a different perspective, although it wasn’t my favorite place.”

“I don’t yell at TV, I watch and watch.”

Kane Williamson may have been isolated in his hotel room, forced to watch the Trent Bridge Test from afar, but even Covid-19 has kept him out of his muted nature Which we often see on the cricket field. No one else could be blamed for pulling his hair in his place, such was New Zealand’s fall in Nottingham.

“It’s always interesting to look at it from a different perspective, although it wasn’t my favorite,” Williamson said leading up to the third and final Test at Headingley. “It was interesting to see and engage a little bit from the other side.

“I watched it so much, I had nothing else to do,” he said.

Now that Williamson is back in full fitness after a “disappointing” bout of the virus, Williamson is back to lead New Zealand. Addressing the media in Leeds, he spoke of focusing on England’s “quality” rather than focusing on himself.

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“A lot of effort was put into this match (at Trent Bridge) and you have to appreciate the quality of England,” he said. “It was a Test where both the teams put their front foot forward, played a few shots.

“England are a strong side that are playing well, so for us as a side it’s about improving… (that’s) the big picture. Their style is theirs. It seems to have evolved a bit.” For us it is focusing on our cricket and targeting different areas of the game and being aware they are choosing to play a different brand which they find suitable. The focus is on us and want to be better. ”

A hectic schedule for Williamson and a sore elbow has kept him out of action in recent times. He completely missed the home Test season last summer, and whatever is starting to make an impact on his numbers, something that is inevitable for New Zealand.

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“The leadership picture on this side is something I’m very passionate about,” Williamson said. “Of course I love playing for my country and there are many leaders in this team who share the passion to grow and be a better team.

“Our focus is to keep getting better. We are up against a strong English side, which is always tough to play against. It is trying to learn from some of those lessons. We have had two really good games, they did something special. The performances that have propelled them forward.”

Luckily, Williamson will be in a lot of action this time around and can make sure the Blackcaps carry their words on the pitch. He’ll be watching and watching everything happening at Headingley, but don’t expect him to yell. Not on TV, and certainly not when he’s in it.


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