England will be a threat says Williamson

Fri, May 26, 2017 11:38 pm Posted: Cricketnmore Editorial
Kane Williamson
May 26 (CRICKETNMORE) - New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson knows what it is like to be part of a thrilling one-day series in England, but the New Zealand captain hopes there will be a better result for his team this year as his side prepares for the ICC Champions Trophy 2017.

New Zealand led 2-1 in a best-of-five one-day series in 2015, but England rallied to win 3-2 in one of the most memorable international series in recent times.

The two will meet again this summer after being drawn with Australia and Bangladesh in Group A – and Williamson is adamant his side will repeat the attacking brand of cricket it displayed when last on English soil.

The group has a familiar feel to it, with New Zealand drawn against England and Australia four years ago – when it failed to reach the knock-out rounds by coming third.

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Williamson is set to lead New Zealand into his first major 50-over tournament as captain, having taken over the reins from Brendon McCullum in 2016. And the 26-year-old has fond memories of the last time he took on England away from home, although he insists it will have little impact on the result when they meet next week.

“Any time you have those experiences against opponents you are coming up against in similar conditions, it is the same side too, it is only a good thing,” he said. “But you don’t tend to look too much into it in tournaments like this – it is a one-off game and both teams will be playing with freedom and hope it comes off.

“England are playing some very good cricket and it is an improved brand in comparison to what it did in the ICC Cricket World Cup. It is an exciting team to watch it - they will be a threat.

“A lot of our guys have been heavily involved in the Indian Premier League and we sent a squad with perhaps 10 guys who are not involved in the Champions Trophy over to Ireland for the Tri-Series last week. “There are a number of guys getting cricket and preparation for this tournament. It counts for something but not for everything because we still come back to one-off clashes with opponents and if you win then you can go a long way in the competition.

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“But there is not much time for slip-ups or conservative cricket.”


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