Kane Williamson: Kane Williamson, who missed the Sunrisers Hyderabad‘s final league game against the Mumbai Indians last week due to injury, is now “fine” two weeks before New Zealand’s T20 World Cup opener against Pakistan in Sharjah.
“He’s getting through everything at the moment and he’s feeling good,” New Zealand head coach Gary Stead said
“Kane Williamson is fine. He just had a very, very slight hamstring twinge. But he’s getting through everything at the moment and he’s feeling good. They [Sunrisers Hyderabad] were out of the competition as well, so I’m not sure if that was something he had to play in.” Stead told NZC’s in-house media team at their training base in Dubai.
Devon Conway, who suffered a finger injury at the inaugural Hundred event in early August, also returned to the networks. Conway is considered the second wicketkeeper on the list behind Tim Seifert. Who is currently on the Kolkata Knight Riders list at the IPL.
“Yeah, he’s going well,” Stead said of Conway’s progress at the nets. “He had a first real session yesterday with the gloves back on. And kept very well in that and got some specialist coaching and stuff. Encouraged [by] the way he’s going.”
Shane Bond, James Neesham, and Adam Milne joined the New Zealand team in Dubai after their IPL Mumbai Indians team missed the playoffs this time around. Stead said Bond’s role on the national team would be to work with the bowlers and support bowling coach Shane Juergensen.
“So, Bondie came in, in the last couple of days as well, when Mumbai was knocked out. He’s working specifically with the spin bowlers in the tournament for us as well. So, he’s been great and it provides another set of hands for Shane [Jurgensen] when you look at a large number in the squad are bowlers. He’s working with the spinners, in particular, and just around their strategies.” Stead said.
New Zealand will play three preparation matches against the Netherlands, Australia, and England. Before facing Pakistan in the main tournament on October 26.
“I think the guys that haven’t played – we will be looking to give them as much game-time as we can. We’ve obviously got the Netherlands on the 16th, Australia on the 18th, and England on the 20th. The other guys will come in and join us after the IPL stages, so we’ll just see who has been playing and who hasn’t in that time. Kyle will join up in the next couple of days and he will want a bit of match-time and I believe Mitchell Santner will want some match-time as well.” Stead said.
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