New Zealand captain Kane Williamson has given an update on his long-standing elbow injury which kept him out of international cricket for some time. The right-handed hitter said his batting load increased as things looked encouraging.
Williamson has not been active in international cricket since the 2021 T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates. The 31-year-old was last seen in the first Test against India at Kanpur in November, and has been nursing an elbow injury since then. Head coach Gary Stead has revealed that surgery seems unlikely but recovery could take time.
Williamson said he had to work hard for a long time and hopes everything will come to fruition. The former number one Test hitter added that he was slowly increasing his batting load as the injury was healing well.
“It’s getting better, it’s been a bit long. Hopefully this time it gives him what he needs, it’ll be good to get him behind me. It seems to be progressing well – in the last little period my stick load started to increase a bit more; it looks positive,” the 31-year-old said as quoted by NZherald.com.
The Tauranga-born player had previously expressed his frustration with his elbow injury, saying he felt like cutting his arm.
The BlackCaps captain, who won Sportsman of the Year at the Halberg Awards, said it was a peculiar injury, something he thinks most people haven’t had to manage.
“I really think South Africa will be better for the exit” – Kane Williamson
The elegant right-handed hitter, who is ruled out of the current series against South Africa, said everything was perfect for New Zealand in the first Test. Expecting the Proteas to bounce back in the second, Williamson added:
“We couldn’t have hoped for much better in the first Test. Everyone played beautifully; there were a number of great contributions with the bat, and we caught it all – it was one of those days. I really think South Africa will be better for the exit.”
New Zealand crushed South Africa by one set and 276 runs in the series opener in Christchurch. The hosts will now seek a historic win in the series by winning the second Test which begins on February 25.