Kane Williamson: Schedule is challenging but excited to be back playing Test Cricket

Kane Williamson

When New Zealand will be stepping down to play the first Test match against India in Kanpur tomorrow it will be their first longest format series in the second cycle of the World Test Championship. They are defending World test champions and have the potential to give tough time to Men in Blue in their latter’s backyard.

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However, New Zealand knows it won’t be easy for them beat India in India as the last time they have registered victory against Men in Blue was way back in 1988.

Kane Williamson talks about their busy scheduling in their recent tour of India and challenges that lie ahead for the two-Test match series.

“It’s a very challenging schedule after a World Cup,” Williamson said at a virtual press conference.

“I think in these times it’s fairly challenging to have the content and the schedules that we all would have liked. And it’s sort of panned out with things outside of our control. But we’re all fortunate to be here and play international cricket. Being in India and playing cricket here is one of the most special things one can do,” he said.

“Getting back to Test cricket is always something special. And certainly, for the guys who just play the Test format, it’s been some time, so really excited to be back in the camp. It’s been a while since that [World Test Championship] final which is a special memory, but we know we’re up against a very strong side. They’re formidable in these conditions, so the challenge is a big one but one which we’re looking forward to taking,” he said.

Williamson was in no doubt that spin will play a big factor in both Tests. “I’m sure throughout the whole series, the spin component will be a definite factor and I’m sure it’s no different here at Kanpur. We were part of the last Test that was played here back in 2016. Things have changed a little bit; it’ll be about assessing those conditions as quickly as possible and trying to make those adjustments in the side quickly,” he said.

India and New Zealand will be playing two test match series in Kanpur and Mumbai respectively for the second cycle of the World Test Championship.