Kane Williamson recorded his highest Take a look at rating of 251 on the second day of the primary Take a look at towards West Indies, however mentioned that it hadn’t been straightforward getting there. The bowlers have been “making life really difficult” for him, he mentioned after the day’s play, and “trying to stick to my plans for long periods of time” did the trick for him.
“Certainly, West Indies’ bowlers kept coming back and bowling heavy into the surface and making life really difficult,” Williamson mentioned at a press interplay. “We couldn’t get much momentum with the bat, but we managed to fight our way through some of those tough periods, which was really pleasing. I suppose when you look at the gap between Test cricket that we’ve had, that’s a nice thing.”
The hole Williamson referred to was as large as 9 months. New Zealand’s final Take a look at, against India in Christchurch, had ended on March 2 earlier than Covid-19 ensured a protracted hiatus. That, plus shifting from T20s – he was final in motion for the Sunrisers Hyderabad within the IPL – to Assessments, and the truth that the West Indies bowlers received respectable motion could not have been straightforward to cope with. However the New Zealand captain made it work.
“I suppose when it’s looking like that [green pitch], you are going to expect some movement – and there was [movement] – and you can’t control the surface,” Williamson mentioned. “For me, it was just trying to stick to my plans for long periods of time and hope that when you get good balls, you might miss them or they might perhaps go down rather than to the slips.
“I believe that was form of the big a part of that [innings] and in the direction of the top of my innings, [I was] enjoying and lacking a little bit bit. There was a little bit bit [of movement] there, however the floor was definitely getting a bit higher [to bat on] coming into as we speak. However I used to be simply attempting to remain disciplined and stick with my plan for so long as I may.”
One of the particularly impressive aspects of Williamson’s innings was how well he executed the pull shot, which he put down to dealing well with “steep bounce and a very thick layer of grass [on the pitch]”.
“And in addition with the motion that was there, I nonetheless felt that the ball that brings the pads, the stumps and the slip cordon [into play] remains to be maybe probably the most harmful,” he said. “So [I was] attempting to negate that a little bit bit. It was good to construct partnerships all through, particularly on a floor like that [where] it was fairly tough to start out due to the steep nature of the bounce and with the little little bit of motion that was there.”
The job with the bat has been done, with 519 for 7 declared on the board, and now it’s over to the bowlers from New Zealand’s point of view. By the end of the second day, West Indies had reached 49 without loss with Kraigg Brathwaite and John Campbell in the middle.
“The heavy curler went on it and flattened the grass a little bit bit extra, however I believe there’s nonetheless sufficient bounce there and swing as effectively if we will ensure that we construct strain,” Williamson said. “I believe there’s sufficient there, however we all know West Indies have come off some Take a look at cricket they usually’ve received some variety of skilled batters of their facet. So it is not going to straightforward, however it’s necessary we give attention to what we will management and ensure we deliver a whole lot of power coming into tomorrow.”