New Zealand captain Kane Williamson on Thursday described his hamstring injury as “minor” ahead of the first match of the Black Caps T20 World Cup against Pakistan on October 26.
A day after New Zealand coach Gary Stead expressed confidence about his availability, Williamson also struck a note of optimism ahead of the match in Sharjah. The tournament starts on 17 October.
“Moderate, (it’s) well, making good progress. So, no complaints,” he replied to a query during a conference call with the media organized by the ICC.
Talking about his team’s preparations, Williamson said that it is great to have former fast bowler Shane Bond in the support staff.
Bond will exclusively work with the spinners of the national team during the tournament.
“With all his experience with Mumbai (Indians in IPL) coming from all over the world and especially in this part of the world (UAE), he is very good at what he does,” said Willimson.
“…he’ll help our bowling coach and do everything possible, so he’ll be around the group anyway, he’s a lot of fun,” he added.
Bond, who joined the team as the fourth coach, is assisting bowling coach Shane Jurgensen as well as working with the team’s spinners.
He has been the bowling coach of five-time IPL champions Mumbai Indians.
New Zealand, who have won the inaugural ICC World Test Championship, have always entered ICC events with the under-dog tag, but that didn’t matter for Williamson.
“I mean tags are tags. Everyone’s got different, so it’s okay… there are match-winners and anybody can beat anybody on a day, so it’s a very big deal for the audience. Exciting prospect, no doubt about it,” he said. said.
According to Williamson, it is important to adjust quickly in events like the T20 World Cup, when the sides face different opposition at different venues,” he said.
“…It’s a very small tournament, so you want to get on the ground running and try and get up to speed a little bit quicker. In events like this, when you play different opponents, So there are some adjustments to make very quickly, in a different location every three days.
“…it’s great to be here with the New Zealand team and what’s so exciting about the group and being in it,” Williamson said.