New Zealand trainer Gary Stead on Wednesday allayed fears about skipper Kane Williamson’s health forward of the ICC T20 International Cup, announcing that the prolific run-getter will probably be are compatible in time for the Black Caps’ opening ‘Tremendous 12’ fit towards Pakistan on October 26.
“Kane’s fine,” Stead instructed New Zealand Cricket. “He’s just had a very, very slight hamstring twinge, but he’s getting through everything at the moment, he’s feeling good. They (Sunrisers Hyderabad) were out of the competition as well, so I’m not sure if that was something he had to play in.”
Williamson arrived at New Zealand’s camp in Dubai from the IPL for the six-day lodge quarantine. He was once no longer the one contemporary arrival, with squad participants James Neesham and Adam Milne becoming a member of the crowd from the Mumbai Indians along Shane Bond.
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Former rapid bowler Bond, with the squad because the `fourth trainer`, is serving a reasonably wonder function, that specialize in the crew`s spin bowlers and aiding bowling trainer Shane Jurgensen. “So, Bondie came in, in the last couple of days as well, when Mumbai were knocked out,” Stead mentioned. “He’s working specifically with the spin bowlers in the tournament for us as well. So, he`s been great and it provides another set of hands for Shane (Jurgensen) when you look at a large number in the squad are bowlers. He`s working with the spinners, in particular, and just around their strategies.”
With two weeks to move prior to New Zealand play their first match of the tournament against Pakistan, Stead is the use of the lead-up to the fit to get his squad acquainted with the warmth of the UAE.
“Today we’ve probably trained in the hottest part of the day. Two o’clock we start and it`s somewhere between 35 and 38 degrees probably. You can feel you burn pretty quick. We’ve just got to keep the fluids up.”
“A little bit of shock therapy and getting get people back into the hot weather and working hard. Then also and then just making sure we manage guys in the next week-while and be clear around our training and what we’re trying to achieve. We’re certainly not doing it to try and cook people.”