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Kane Williamson addresses his future as an all-format player

Kane Williamson has always been hailed as an excellent all-around player, but his credentials as a T20 player have come under scrutiny of late, especially after his disappointing performance at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.

The New Zealand skipper played a fine 61 stroke during the mega event, but racked up just 178 runs overall at a strike rate of 116.33. He plays the role of a high level anchor in his side, though questions have been raised about his hit rate.

At 32, managing the workload is also something Williamson will have to manage, with him captaining New Zealand in all three formats.

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The New Zealand captain was man of the match with an excellent 61 to set up victory over Ireland in the 2022 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.

Williamson’s teammate Trent Boult recently turned down NZC’s core contract so he can be selective about the formats he wants to play for his country. Williamson also has the option of going down that path, but finds the challenge of playing in all three formats fun.

“Yes, I love all the formats, for different reasons, and actually playing all three and switching between them is an enjoyable challenge,” ESPNcricinfo said in an interview.

“But having said that, you have to strike a balance in terms of overall volume [of cricket]and that is important.

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“Everybody’s a little bit challenged by that, certainly some of the players who may have been doing it for a long time, and you always look to be clear with that direction: to stay fresh and focused on what’s most important with your involvement with any team. Yeah, always looking to monitor that space to the best of your ability.”

Boult has not been named in New Zealand’s squads after the T20 World Cup and his bowling partner Tim Southee, already 33, does not have many years left in international cricket either. Williamson has been playing them for a long time. The trio have reached the final of many ICC events, winning the World Test Championship in 2021.

But they are already 30 years old and New Zealand will have to go through a transition soon. However, Williamson isn’t looking too far ahead and wants to do his best in whatever he’s doing at the moment.

“You hope that while he’s here, and trying to do the best that he can as a team, and with all the other people involved, that there’s a real effort to try to grow the game, to try to play his role to the best of your ability. , to try to improve as much as you can as a player, and I hope that adds to the depth of cricket we have,” Williamson said.

“But focusing on what’s in front of you is what’s really important, and in the next few years there’s going to be a transition, or maybe there’s a transition a little bit sooner, that’s always there, it’s always happening in professional sports, and whoever it is.” The next group or crop is, I’m sure they will have a lot of motivation to want to improve as a team and go even further as a team as well.”

Williamson will see action once again during the T20I and ODI series against India, starting with the first T20I in Wellington on November 18.

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