Kiwi cap­tain says good form doesn’t guar­an­tee suc­cess

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LON­DON: New Zealand cricket cap­tain Kane Wil­liamson said the squad he will lead into June’s Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy should be in good form given plenty of re­cent prepa­ra­tions but ad­mits that is no guar­an­tee for suc­cess when it comes to one-off clashes.

Wil­liamson, who is set to lead New Zealand into his first ma­jor 50-over t o u r n ament as cap­tain, said a lot of the team’s mem­bers have been heav­ily in­volved in the In­dian Pre­mier League while oth­ers were in Ire­land for the Tri-Se­ries last week.

“It counts for some­thing but not for ev­ery­thing be­cause we still come back to one-off clashes with op­po­nents and if you win then you can go a long way in the com­pe­ti­tion,” said Wil­liamson, who took over as cap­tain from Bren­don McCul­lum in 2016.

“But there is not much time for slip-ups or conservative cricket.”

New Zealand are in Group A of the Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy, to be held in Eng­land from June 1-18, with Aus­tralia, Eng­land and Bangladesh the other teams in their group.

Wil­liamson is fa­mil­iar with be­ing a part of thrilling one-day se­ries in Eng­land but hopes his team will fare bet­ter this year af­ter squan­der­ing a 2-1 lead over Eng­land in a best-of-five one-day se­ries in 2015.

“Any time you have those ex­pe­ri­ences against op­po­nents you are com­ing up against in sim­i­lar con­di­tions, it is the same side too, it is only a good thing,” said Wil­liamson.

“But you don’t tend to look too much into it in tour­na­ments like this – it is a one-off game and both teams will be play­ing with free­dom and hope it comes off.” Reuters

Kane Wil­liamson

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