Gary Stead: Red-Ball Cricket Will Suit Kane Williamson

Kane Williamson and Gary Stead
New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson and head coach Gary Stead. Credits: Twitter

New Zealand head coach Gary Stead is sure that Kane Williamson will manage to return from his IPL battles in the Test series against England one month from now, however, the first match of the series might come too early for Trent Boult.

Williamson left the IPL ahead of schedule to get back for the birth of his second kid, finishing a competition where he scored 216 runs at 19.63 and a strike rate of 93.50. It denoted his comeback to cricket interestingly since last November having missed the whole home season with an elbow injury.

Gary Stead and Kane Williamson (Image Credits: IPL)
Gary Stead and Kane Williamson (Image Credits: IPL)

He is supposed to show up in England around the time of New Zealand’s second warm-up match against a County Select XI which begins on May 26 in front of the first Test at Lord’s on June 2.

Kane Williamson Disappointed By Lack Of Runs In The IPL: Gary Stead

“He’s a bit disappointed he hasn’t got the runs he wanted during the IPL,” Gary Stead said. “You don’t often see the great players often miss out perhaps as much as he has, but I think what we have to understand, coming back in to red-ball cricket, I think that will suit where he’s at with his game, his temperament as well.”

Among New Zealand’s other IPL-based players, Tim Southee has now opened up to join the visit after Kolkata Knight Riders’ competition finished with their loss against Lucknow Super Giants. Devon Conway’s mission will likewise be finished in the league stage with Chennai Super Kings wiped out.

Kane Williamson
Kane Williamson (Image Credit: Twitter)

Nonetheless, Boult and his Rajasthan Royals teammate Daryl Mitchell will keep on being involved in the playoff games. Contingent upon how far Royals progress into the last week, Gary Stead said a call would then be taken on accessibility.

“That’ll be something that’ll just play out in the next week or so,” he said.

Henry Nicholls and Neil Wagner Set To Miss First Warm-up Match

Henry Nicholls
Henry Nicholls. Image-Sky Sports

Mitchell could be on the edge for a spot in the middle order in the event that Henry Nicholls doesn’t recuperate from the calf strain he picked up prior to leaving New Zealand. Nicholls has gotten back to light preparation yet won’t include in the first warm-up match against Sussex.

Neil Wagner will likewise miss that game having remained in New Zealand for the introduction of his second child and he will show up the following week.

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