Kane Williamson confident in fitness for T20 World Cup

Kane Williamson plans to be fit to lead New Zealand at the upcoming Twenty20 World Cup after playing down concerns about hamstring and elbow issues.

The Black Caps are on the hunt for a world double in 2021 after being crowned the first Test World Champions earlier this year and among their key figures is Captain Williamson, who has struggled with thorny issues in recent times. month.

The management of his elbow, in particular, has resulted in him being briefly sidelined on several occasions this year and he admitted that he still felt lingering discomfort from grabbing the bat and extending his arm. .

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson, center, oversaw his team’s crowning as Test World Champions earlier this year (Adam Davy / PA)

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But he believes a period of rehab following the final World Trials victory over India in June means his elbow should not interfere with his availability in the coming weeks.

“The hamstrings are minor, they are progressing well, not too much to worry about and we still have plenty of time,” said Williamson, speaking to reporters with 12 days until their Super 12 opener against Pakistan.

“The elbow was just a little slow. It has been quite frustrating for a long time. However, he’s definitely improved a bit in the last two months I had after the World Test Championship.

“In rehab it definitely seemed to be moving forward, which is refreshing, but there is still a bit of time to get back to 100%. But there has been a lot of improvement over the past three months, which is good.

“That was really the goal and I’m at the stage where I’m more than able to go through with some comfort. It’s good to be able to focus a little more on the cricket side rather than having constant negotiations with physiotherapists. With a little luck, in the next few days, I will mainly participate in training. “

Australia’s opener David Warner has been tipped to get good in the Twenty20 World Cup (Shaun Botterill / PA)

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Meanwhile, Australian white ball captain Aaron Finch is confident his first hitter David Warner will find his footing in the tournament after a poor pass that led him to be abandoned by his Indian Premier League franchise.

Warner was sacked as captain of the Sunrisers Hyderabad earlier this year and has not played in their last five games, averaging 24.37 with a 107.73 strike rate in this edition. year of IPL.

But Finch said, “Over the years we’ve seen he’s got his back to the wall, he’s a fighter. I have no problem with the preparation he had.

“He seems in a good mood, he came here with a great attitude and it rubs off on the boys right away. He organizes things behind the scenes, he does whatever he likes to do, so I have no problem with the first game, he will be good to go. “

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