New Zealand issue fitness update on Kane Williamson

New Zealand issue a fitness update on Kane Williamson. Despite sustaining a knee injury during the IPL, Kane Williamson has been included in New Zealand’s 15-member squad for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup. To ensure his complete recovery, the New Zealand team management has decided for Williamson to sit out of the Blackcaps’ tournament opener against England on October 5 in Ahmedabad.

New Zealand issue fitness update on Kane Williamson

Williamson will participate solely as a batsman in New Zealand’s warm-up match against Pakistan in Hyderabad today. He intends to bat and field in the second warm-up fixture against South Africa in Thiruvananthapuram. However, New Zealand is cautious with their star player to ensure his return in optimal form.

New Zealand issue fitness update on Kane Williamson

Addressing Williamson’s fitness, head coach Gary Stead stated, “From the outset, we have adopted a long-term perspective on Kane’s comeback to the game. His recovery progress is on track, and our priority is to ensure he can handle the demands and intensity of international cricket.” Stead emphasized, “We will continue to evaluate Kane’s rehabilitation daily and will not rush his return prematurely.” During Williamson’s absence, wicketkeeper-batsman Tom Latham will assume the cricket team’s captain role.

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