New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson is recovering well after sustaining a minor hamstring injury while playing for the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League.
The Kiwi batsman had to miss the fixture against Kolkata Knight Riders, weeks before the Black Cap's T20 World Cup opener against Pakistan.
The head coach Gary Stead feels relieved after Williamson’s situation has gotten better as he told the media at the training camp in Dubai, “Kane is fine. He had a very, very slight hamstring twinge, but he is getting through everything at the moment and he is feeling good.”
Gary stead also criticized Sunrisers Hyderabad saying, “Sunrisers Hyderabad were already out of the competition, so I am not sure if it was something he had to play in."
Along with Williamson, Devon Conway has also joined the training camp after a crucial finger injury that kept him out for more than two months. Conway is included in the squad as a reserve for Tim Seifert, who is the first choice wicket keeper, and currently taking part in IPL for Kolkata Knight Riders.
Shane Bond, James Neesham and Adam Milne have joined the Black Caps in Dubai after their team Mumbai Indians were eliminated from the tournament.
Stead said, “He's working specifically with the spin bowlers in the tournament for us as well. So, he's been great and it provides another set of hands for Jurgensen when you look at a large number in squad are bowlers. He's working with the spinners, in particular, and just around their strategies”.
Before their T20 World Cup opener against Pakistan, New Zealand will play three warm-up matches against Netherlands, Australia and England. Stead suggests that the warm-up matches will help the players who did not play enough in the IPL to get back into rhythm.
All-rounder Mitchell Santner did not play a single game while Kyle Jamieson was out of the Playing XI in the previous five games.
Stead said, “We will be looking to give them as much time as we can. Kyle will join up in the next couple of days and he will want a bit of match-time and I believe Mitchell Santner will want some match-time as well."