Kane Williamson confident of being fit for England Tests despite 'ongoing' hip niggle

India Today

India Today

Author 2019-11-09 14:25:00

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Kane Williamson was forced to miss the five Twenty20 Internationals. (Reuters Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Kane Williamson is confident of regaining full fitness and recover from an "ongoing niggle"
  • Kane Williamson is not a part of the ongoing home Twenty20 series against England due to a hip injury
  • Tim Southee is leading the Black Caps in the ongoing home Twenty20 series against England

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson is confident of regaining full fitness and recover from an "ongoing niggle" to lead his team out against the visiting England side in the first Test on 21 November.

Kane Williamson is not a part of the ongoing home Twenty20 series against England due to a hip injury and Tim Southee is leading the Black Caps in his absence.

"It's been an ongoing niggle, really," he told Sky Sports NZ on the sidelines of New Zealand's defeat in the fourth T20I at Napier. "That comes at goes. It is settling, which is nice."

Since the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2019 final, when his team lost out to England in a final for the ages, Williamson has played just four matches, batting four times for a high score of 26.

"A lot of (the last few months) has been rehab to get the hip right," he explained. "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 added.

Currently, the five-match T20I series is tied at 2-2 with the series decider to be played on Sunday. England play warm-up matches against New Zealand XI on 12-13 and 15-17 November before the two-Test series.

The first Test will be played at the Bay Oval from November 21-25 and the second will be held at Seddon Park from November 29-December 3.

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