Former New Zealand pacer Simon Doull has said that he wants the New Zealand all-format captain Kane Williamson to become the best Kiwi player of all time. He also urged Williamson to step down as New Zealand’s Test captain to prolong his playing career.
Under the leadership of Kane Williamson, New Zealand became the inaugural World Test Champions by defeating India in the final last year. Since then Williamson has only played two Test matches for New Zealand and he has also been struggling for runs in recent times.
Speaking to the Guardian, Doull said that he is doubtful about the longevity of Williamson as a skipper across all three formats. He added that Williamson should step down as Test skipper and lead New Zealand only in the white-ball cricket.
“I just don’t know about the longevity of Kane Williamson the captain. He is without doubt the best player we’ve ever produced outside of Sir Richard Hadlee. He is world class and I’d love him to be just the best player we’ve ever seen and if that means giving up the Test captaincy to prolong his career, I think he should,” said Doull.
“He’s never been a lover of doing the media he’s just not that guy he’s a real cricket guy, he loves the game, studies the game. I just don’t know that he can sustain all three formats. I would rather he was just New Zealand’s one-day and T20 captain,” said Doull.
Simon Doull Feels Tom Latham Is Good Enough To Replace Kane Williamson As Test Skipper
Former New Zealand cricketer further said that Tom Latham is completely ready to become New Zealand’s new Test captain.
“When you’ve got a really worthy replacement, and Tom Latham is. I think that is the easiest time to transition and walk away from it. New Zealand don’t play another Test until the autumn [after Headingley], so it is not a bad time after the Leeds Test to do it,” said Doull.
Simon also said that the Cricket World Cup 2019 defeat against England has affected Williamson.
“The way Kane handled things through that 50-over [World] cup final, I think it affected him for a long time after that, I don’t think he got over it for six to eight months, maybe he still hasn’t. It hurt him a lot, just because he felt it was their time, they were all at their peak Boult, Southee, Williamson, Taylor, that was New Zealand’s World Cup to win,” said Doull.
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