Watched A Lot Of Second Test, Didn’t Have Much Else To Do: Williamson

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Watched A Lot Of Second Test, Didn’t Have Much Else To Do: Williamson"It's always interesting seeing it from a different perspective, although it wasn't my preferable place to be," Williamson

“I don’t shout at the TV, I watch and observe.”

Kane Williamson might have been quarantined in his hotel room, forced to watch the Trent Bridge Test from a distance, but even Covid-19 couldn’t break him out of his muted disposition that we so often see on the cricket field. Someone else in his place couldn’t have been faulted for pulling out his hair, such was New Zealand’s degeneration in Nottingham.

“It’s always interesting seeing it from a different perspective, although it wasn’t my preferable place to be,” Williamson said in the lead-up to the third and final Test at Headingley. “It was interesting to watch and connect from the other side a little bit.

“I watched a lot of it, I didn’t have too much else to do,” he added.

Now having regained full fitness after a “frustrating” bout of virus, Williamson is back to leading New Zealand. Addressing the media in Leeds, he spoke about retraining the focus back on themselves instead of focusing on the “quality” of England.

“There was a lot of effort that went into the match (at Trent Bridge) and you do have to applaud the quality England have come in with,” he said. ” It was a Test where both teams put their front foot forward, played some shots.

“England are a strong side playing well, so for us it’s about improving as a side… (that’s the) bigger picture. Their style is theirs. It appears to have evolved a little bit. For us it’s focusing on our cricket and finding different areas of the game to target and be aware they are choosing to play a different brand that seems to be suiting them. The focus is us and wanting to be better.”

For Williamson, a hectic schedule and a sore elbow have combined to keep him out of action in recent times. He missed the entirety of the home Test season last summer, and all that is starting to have an effect on his numbers, something that’s indispensable to New Zealand.

“The picture of leadership in this side is something I’m very passionate about,” Williamson said. “Certainly I love playing for my country and there are a number of leaders in this team that share that passion to take steps forward and become a better side.

“Our focus is to keep getting better. We are up against a strong English side who are always tough to play against. It’s trying to learn from some of those lessons. We’ve had two really good games, they have had some special performances that have driven them forward.”

Fortunately, Williamson will be in the thick of action this time around and can ensure that the BlackCaps take his words to the pitch. He will be watching and observing everything that pans out in Headingley, but don’t expect him to shout. Not at the TV, and definitely not when he’s in it.

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