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Stead rubbishes claims he wanted to remove Kane Williamson as captain

By Saurabh Sharma
Jul 13, 2020 • 19:36 PM

Wellington, July 13: New Zealand head coach Gary Stead has rubbished claims that he wanted to remove talisman Kane Williamson as Test captain.

Reports in May suggested that there were a lot of differences between Williamson and Stead and the latter wanted Tom Latham to take over the side in the longest format.

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"There's no truth to it," Stead was quoted as saying by newshub.co.nz. "I think I probably have philosophical differences with every single person in the team at different times, and that's just about me being a human being and him being a human being.

"That was certainly news to me… certainly had no conversations around that sort of thing.

"At this stage, Kane's our man. He's the guy we've backed, he's been a great leader for this team and I'm sure he will be in the future as well," he added.

A Kiwi TV broadcaster in May had tweeted that Williamson captaincy was under threat as Stead preferred wicket-keeper-batsman Latham over him.

The controversial tweet forced the Black Caps to issue a clarification and a team spokesperson had said at the time that Williamson will remain as captain across formats.

Taking about his relationship with Williamson, Stead said: "I think it's very good. I think it's strong."

"I like him as a bloke, like what he stands for. He's a very values-based person and he adds a hell of a lot to the team," the Kiwi head coach added.

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