Kane Williamson will lead New Zealand at the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup.© TSTIME
New Zealand head coach Gary Stead is confident captain Kane Williamson, who injured his hamstrings in the IPL last week, will be in good shape in time for the Cup opener Team T20 World Cup vs Pakistan on Oct. 26. Williamson was left out of SunRisers Hyderabad Eleven’s game for their final Indian Premier League game, but Stead played down concerns about injury risks hampering Williamson’s participation in the flagship event. “Kane is doing well,” Stead told New Zealand Cricket. “He just had a very, very slight hamstring tightness, but he’s going through everything right now, he’s feeling great,” he added.
“They (SunRisers Hyderabad) were out of the competition as well, so I’m not sure if that was something he had to play in.”
Williamson joined the New Zealand camp from the IPL. Other members joining the national team directly from the IPL included James Neesham and Adam Milne of the Mumbai Indians alongside bowling coach Shane Bond.
With two weeks left before New Zealand play their first game of the tournament, Stead is taking advantage of the match preparation to get his team used to the heat of the United Arab Emirates.
“Today we probably practiced during the hottest part of the day. We start at two o’clock and it’s probably between 35 and 38 degrees. You can feel you’re burning pretty quickly. We just need to keep the fluids on. “A little shock therapy and put people back in the hot weather and work hard,” Stead said.
“… making sure that we are managing the guys in the next few days and being clear about our training and what we are trying to accomplish.” We certainly don’t do it to try to cook people. “
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