Kane Williamson Assures His Availability For England Tests Despite Hip Niggle

Updated - 09 Nov 2019, 04:23 PM

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Kane Williamson. Credit: Twitter

The Black Caps’ skipper Kane Williamson is currently out of the team set-up as he recovering from an ongoing hip niggle. His boys are playing T20I series against England in their own den. However, the skipper himself has assured that he is pretty much confident of regaining good shape and fitness so as to lead his team out against England in the first Test starting on November 21.

In Kane’s absence, Tim Southee is leading the team from the front. Kane’s return in the red-ball cricket will be a massive boost for the New Zealand cricket team. New Zealand lost to England in the fourth T20I and the intriguing series is still alive at 2-2, in what promises to be a perfect entertainer for the final showdown tomorrow at Eden Park, Auckland.

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Kane Williamson in action. (Credits: Getty Images)

Kane Williamson gives a positive update about his injury

Speaking on the sidelines of the team’s loss in the fourth T20I at Napier, Kane Williamson gave an update about his injury which has sidelined him from leading the side. He told Sky Sports NZ: “It’s been an ongoing niggle, really. That comes and goes. It is settling, which is nice.”

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Kane Williamson (Credits: Twitter)

Since the conclusion of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 final, when New Zealand lost out to England in a final for the ages, Williamson featured in just 4 matches, chipping in with a high score of a mere 26.

“A lot of (the last few months) has been rehab to get the hip right. I had a four-dayer recently (for Northern Districts, against Canterbury), and there’s a gap between this series and the first Test, so it’s basically training going into it. A lot of it is the mindset. So trying to get that right, trying to prepare as well as you can to give yourself the best chance,” he explained.

Before spicing it up in the two-match Test series, England will play warm-up matches against New Zealand XI on November 12-13 and 15-17. The first Test will be played at the Bay Oval from November 21-25 and the second one will be played at Seddon Park from November 29-December 3.

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