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We want to be fluid in how we operate: Williamson

Postby simran » February 24th, 2018, 12:35 pm


Kane Williamson, the New Zealand captain, backed his team to put behind their inconsistent show in the recently-conduced T20 tri-series and continue their good run in the 50-over format when they face England in the first match of the five-game series in Hamilton, on Sunday (February 25).

New Zealand could only eke out a solitary victory in the tri-series also involving England and Australia and were beaten by their Trans-Tasman rival in the final. However, on a positive note, New Zealand have won eight matches in a row in the 50-over version of the game.

"I think we park the T20 for now and focus on a lot of the good one-day cricket we've been playing," Williamson noted on the eve of the match. "The plans are fairly different so it's important we go back to that. We know it's a tough challenge against England.

"We don't want to get too far ahead of ourselves. There's been some good one-day cricket played by our group but we do know we'll have to adapt to the opposition and the surfaces which have been different throughout each venue," he added.

The first game of the rubber will be played on a 'used' track - the same pitch on which the home side took on England in a T20I last week. Williamson, who struggled to make his presence felt in the tri-series (98 runs at 19.6), also observed that the longer versions of the game demand good defence and clever rotation of strike to accumulate runs and wade through tough periods.

"I think T20 cricket keeps pushing the boundaries of cricket, whether into the one-day game or even the Test game - you see people being a lot more positive," he said. "But at the same time, that doesn't completely change it, because you do get on surfaces that require a lot more batsmanship, perhaps more defence for a period of time, to get through some of those tougher moments.

"T20 is definitely having an influence, but it's important that all of us don't get too carried away with it at times when the conditions might dictate something else," he reckoned.

Ben Stokes, the charismatic all-rounder, who pleaded not guilty to affray at Bristol Magistrates' Court in relation to an incident outside a nightclub in the Clifton Triangle area, is returning to the England set-up after a gap of 155 days. Williamson, however, said that England have plenty of "match-winners" in the camp and the think-tank won't be focusing on just one player.

"That comes back to the cricket we want to play, our plans, our styles. There are a number of quality match-winning players in the English side who have been playing good cricket. It's tough to focus on one name," he said.

In the New Zealand camp, Tom Latham, Colin de Grandhomme and Henry Nicholls will fight it out for the middle order slots. Nicholls has cracked three fifties in ODIs during the current home season, while de Grandhomme showed his hitting prowess with an aggressive unbeaten hand of 74 versus Pakistan in the Hamilton ODI. On the other hand, Latham can balance the side by taking over wicketkeeping duties but has been struggling for form in the recent past.

Williamson observed that they will be flexible with regard to selecting players. "The way they've been adapting to conditions, which have changed a lot, has been a real strength," he said. "So it's important we look to do that again, but at the same time we want to be fluid in how we operate in terms of guys perhaps being able to adjust to slightly different roles when that's required."

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