Kane Williamson recorded his highest Test score in first Test against West Indies

Kane Williamson

New Zealand skipper and one of the most loved cricketers all over the world Kane Williamson recorded his highest Test score of 251 runs in the first Test against West Indies added that It was an extremely difficult to knock for him as I was facing the top-class attack and the only thing which worked for me was “Trying to stick to my plans for long period of time”.

“Certainly, West Indies’ bowlers kept coming back and bowling heavy into the surface and making life really difficult,” Williamson said at a press interaction. “We couldn’t get much momentum with the bat, but we managed to fight our way through some of those tough periods, which was really pleasing. I suppose when you look at the gap between Test cricket that we’ve had, that’s a nice thing”.

It’s not easy for a majority of Test-playing nations including New Zealand too who played last red-ball cricket tournament against India in Christchurch which ended on March 2nd 2020 but after March onwards most of the competitive cricket was halted due to COVID-19 pandemic. Also, Williamson is playing this Test series after playing IPL 2020 for Sun Risers Hyderabad and the fact that the West Indies bowlers got decent movement couldn’t have been easy to deal with. But the New Zealand captain made it work.

“I suppose when it’s looking like that [green pitch], you are going to expect some movement – and there was [movement] – and you can’t control the surface,” Williamson said. “For me, it was just trying to stick to my plans for long periods of time and hope that when you get good balls, you might miss them or they might perhaps go down rather than to the slips.

“I think that was sort of the large part of that [innings] and towards the end of my innings, [I was] playing and missing a little bit. There was a little bit [of movement] there, but the surface was certainly getting a bit better [to bat on] coming into today. But I was just trying to stay disciplined and stick to my plan for as long as I could.”

The highlight of his batting was his ability to effortlessly hit pull shot against Caribbean bowlers and made sure that NZ set a huge total of 519 runs at the loss of 7 wickets before declaring and It’s up to experienced Kiwi’s bowlers now to complete the remaining job now. However, West Indies openers Kraigg Brathwaite and John Campbell played sensibly and scored 49 runs without losing a single wicket on the second day. Taking about the strength and weakness of both the teams New Zealand are looking clear favourites to win this Test match.