Kane Williamson in action for New Zealand.© AFP
New Zealand head coach Gary Stead is hopeful that their skipper Kane Williamson, who experienced a lean spell in IPL 2022, will be back in shape in the upcoming test series against England. Williamson played 13 games for Sunrisers Hyderabad, scoring just 216 runs, before flying back to New Zealand on Wednesday to give birth to his second child. “He’s a little disappointed that he didn’t get the points he wanted in the IPL. You don’t often see the big players miss as much as he does, but I think we have to understand that they are coming back in the red – ball cricket, I think that suits where he is with his game, also his temperament,” Stead said as reported by ESPNcricinfo.
Williamson is expected to arrive in England around the time of New Zealand’s second warm-up match against a County Select XI starting on May 26, ahead of the first Test at Lord’s on June 2.
In addition to Williamson, Tim Southee and Devon Conway are other Kiwi players who are now returning to New Zealand after the competition stages of IPL 2022.
On the other hand, Trent Boult and Daryl Mitchell will continue their campaign while their team Rajasthan Royals is still in the running.
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