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gary stead[photo: Sportstar: Hindu]

New Zealand head coach Gary Stead has said that Kane Williamson and Kyle Jamieson have been rested for the T20 Internationals series against India so that they can prepare for the Test matches, which he feels is a ” real key priority” for them.

New Zealand National Cricket Team on November 14 lost the final of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 against Australia in UAE, and now they have reached India and will play 3-match T20I series and 2-match Test series against India. The series will begin tonight with a T20I battle between the teams in Jaipur.

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Gary Stead. (Credits: Twitter)

Speaking to a media team, Gary Stead said that the whole T20 squad will be getting the match time against India, and they will focus a lot on the workload management of the players.

You’ll definitely see that the whole squad (T20) will get match time over here. Again, it’s about us managing the workload of the players. And especially with the Test matches coming up, which will be a real key priority for us as we work through this next week,” Stead told NZC’s media team.

We’ve decided through talking with Kane and Kyle that they won’t play in the T20 series so they’re both going to get ready for the Test matches.

“And I think you’ll probably find there’ll be other guys involved in the Test matches who won’t play the entire series either. So it’s a bit of a balancing act at the moment and with three T20 games and five days, plus travel to three different cities. It’s a it’s a very, very busy time, he added.

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

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The New Zealand Head Coach added that Lockie Ferguson who recently suffered a calf injury ahead of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021, has recovered really well, and they are excited to get him back in the playing XI. He stated:

So he’s recovered well from his calf injury that he picked up at the very start of the World Cup. So exciting for him and and exciting for our team to have him back in our attack.”

Gary Stead further added that about 26 players and 16-17 support staff of New Zealand have reached India, and managing a large group will be a bit more challenging.

There’s about 26 players and 16 or 17 support staff. Some guys will leave after a week so there’ll be a number that will hit back home of staff and players from the T20 group that we’ve had.

“But it’s probably the biggest support team and player group that we’ve had together in one place and certainly in my time and it makes it a little bit more challenging to get around everyone and also support them in their needs.”

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Gary Stead (Image Credit: Twitter)

Likes of Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja will not be part of the T20Is, and India will be playing under their new Head Coach Rahul Dravid. Meanwhile, Gary Stead has opined that India still looks like a tough team to compete. He stated:

They still are a very, very fine side. The have got a new coach now in Rahul Dravid and I know that usually when a new coach comes on board that people want to impress them and make a claim for spots in the team.

“I expect India will be very strong and will fire lots of shots at us. So we just have to keep being positive and be really clear on the way we want to play back against these guys,” Gary Stead added.

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