New Zealand haven’t dominated out the recovering Kane Williamson from the ODI World Cup in India even when it means lacking the primary few fixtures. Head coach Gary Stead and the workforce administration are optimistic about Williamson’s restoration. The star batter hasn’t performed any cricket since March when he ruptured the ACL in his proper knee whereas fielding for Gujarat Titans. He underwent surgical procedure in April and has lately begun coaching and batting within the nets. The 33-year-old can also be set to hyperlink up with the workforce throughout its collection in opposition to England subsequent month forward of the World Cup.
“Kane’s working on a day-by-day, week-by-week process and we’ve been really clear and careful with him that we don’t look too far ahead and get expectations too big or not big enough at times as well,” Stead instructed reporters on Wednesday.
“We will take every measure we can to make sure that we get the medical advice that lines up and he’s where we want him to be before we make that call on whether he goes (to India for the World Cup) or not.” New Zealand will play 9 group stage matches whereas the semifinals start on November 15.
Williamson had performed a vital position in New Zealand’s marketing campaign in 2015 and 2019 editions once they reached successive finals.
Stead mentioned the Black Caps will probably be contemplating together with him even when he misses the primary few fixtures.
“I think that’s something we are talking about at the moment. If it’s the knockout stages, I think that might be too late because you’re really saying something that you may or may not even be there, but if it was earlier in the World Cup we’d definitely be considering it.” The Black Caps have to call their World Cup squad of 15 by September 5, a month earlier than the event commences.
Tom Latham, who has been main New Zealand in Williamson’s absence, will probably be captaining the facet within the marquee occasion as nicely.
“Obviously with the knee and the way it is we have to be careful with how that twists, so he’s still in that healing and rehab phase, so it’s getting that fine balance between pushing him as far as he can go but making sure we don’t cross that line and do more damage,” Stead mentioned.
“He’s progressed as we’ve hoped and possibly even better in some cases but you know with ACL injuries that they can be difficult, and different for every person as well.
“As I mentioned, we’ll try to get the medical consultants round Kane as a lot as we will to assist us make that call in about three weeks’ time,” Stead added.
The World Cup begins on October 5 with New Zealand taking on reigning champions England in the tournament opener.
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