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Cricket news - Tipped to dethrone Kohli, Williamson hailed for 'insatiable appetite'

"I don't think it is a big surprise that Kane is as good as he is if you see how hard he works and he's done it from a very very young age as well" - Gary Stead

It's no surprise he is 'as good as he is,' New Zealand coach Gary Stead has said of Kane Williamson who's known to contrast his unbelievably easy batting on the pitch with tough preparations off it. The New Zealand captain is in the middle of a red-hot run of form, having notched up his career's second double hundred in the first Test against New Zealand, and is now within seven points of dethroning Virat Kohli from the top of ICC Test rankings for batsmen.

"I don't think it is a big surprise that Kane is as good as he is if you see how hard he works and he's done it from a very very young age as well," Stead said ahead of New Zealand's second Test against Bangladesh in Wellington. "He has an insatiable appetite to bat and to hit balls and to keep getting better with his technique. He's not a guy that rests on his laurels at all, and you wouldn't be surprised [about his records] if you see his training.

"He's our No 1 for this series and he is who we will keep carrying on," Stead added.

Stead, aware that New Zealand are playing Test cricket when most teams are polishing off their ODI skills, said that his team is trying to do well at cricket, and it comes inclusive of doing well in whatever format's in front.

"I think we are trying to be strong in every format that we play. There is obviously the big carrot of the World Cup coming up as well, and we want to do well in that and every country wants to do well. Every game we play, we just try to get better," Stead said. "We just try to get better every day and thats what the team is about."

New Zealand, now sitting with a one-nil lead in the three-match series, play their second Test match at the Basin Reserve from Friday (March 8). Stead said that his team will be confident after an innings victory over Bangladesh in the first Test, and more importantly will be willing to start the process of winning a Test match from the scratch.

"The guys will be confident," Stead said. "It's the start of another test match though and we will be back to zero so we start again. The boys played really well and it is really encouraging."

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