New Zealand captain Kane Williamson has said that he will be participating in a full practice session in the coming few days. He said his hamstring injury is minor, but a minor elbow injury is making it difficult for him to grip. Actually he got injured before the last league match of IPL 14. He had suffered a hamstring injury. As a result, he did not even play the team’s last league match, which has since raised doubts about his recovery ahead of the opening matches of the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup, but Williamson has now spoken of recovery and accepted. It is said that he will participate in full training in the next few days.
New Zealand will play their first match of the Super 12 stage against Pakistan in Sharjah on October 26 and Williamson feels there is enough time to recover by then. He said in a statement on Thursday, ‘The hamstring injury is minor. It’s getting better now, so don’t worry too much and we have plenty of time. Hopefully in the next few days I will be fully involved in the training session.
It is understood that a hamstring injury is not the only concern for the New Zealand captain. He is also suffering from an elbow injury. Williamson said about this, ‘The problem of the elbow has been bothering for a long time. It is taking a long time to recover, although it has improved a bit in the last two months post the World Test Championship (WTC). Of course rehabilitation has brought some relief from this, but he is having some trouble holding the bat. It takes some time to fully recover from this injury. However it is better than before.
Williamson said about the team’s preparations for the World Cup, ‘It is great to have former fast bowler Shane Bond in the support staff. He has been specially included in the team to help the spinners. Bond has a lot of experience. Being present with Mumbai Indians in the current IPL season, he is also well versed about the pitches in UAE. They carry out the responsibility assigned to them well. He will extend all possible help to our bowling coach and it is great to have him with the team.