Kane Williamson has two weeks to demonstrate that he is over his knee injury, after which the Black Caps will choose their team for the 2023 ODI World Cup, according to New Zealand head coach Gary Stead.
Despite having been to the competition’s finals in each of its past two editions, New Zealand is still looking for their first major championship. Their preparation for the next competition has not been great, starting with Kane Williamson’s injury in the 2023 Indian Premier League (IPL) season opener. He needed assistance leaving the pitch after being hurt while attempting to keep a boundary out, which forced him out of the franchise league.
All-rounder Michael Bracewell was additionally forced to withdraw from the competition owing to injury, adding to their problems. He competed during the IPL with the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) as a substitute for Will Jacks and had a successful tour of India earlier this year.
“We’re going to give him the full two weeks to prove where he’s at” : Gary Stead
Kane Williamson certainly has a distance to go in his recuperation, according to Gary Stead. In anticipation of the England trip, he spoke with media. He said, “We’ve got about two weeks from now until we name that side. Nothing’s changed at the moment, we’re going to give him every chance and use that full amount of time.”
The head coach spoke more about his recovery. He said, “He’s in full rehab mode, he’s back batting in the nets again which is great to see. He’s progressing really well, but again there’s a lot of work for him still to do to make sure he gets to where we need him to be. So we’re going to give him the full two weeks to prove where he’s at and for us it’s still a little bit of crystal ball-gazing, where he will be at.”
Fans react to reports of Kane Williamson’s deadline to make New Zealand’s World Cup squad:
Kane Williamson has 2 weeks to prove his fitness for the 2023 World Cup. (Espncricinfo). pic.twitter.com/lbCTeqKLK6
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) August 28, 2023
We want him to play, we want our revenge
— User45 (@140off113) August 28, 2023
Wish him a speedy recovery!#WC2023 without him will lose its charm?
— ? (@Hustler4CSK) August 28, 2023
Need his comeback ab bohut hogaua
— Finn ? (@majorbasheer_) August 28, 2023
Bhaiya mujhe bhi time dedo to fit ho jaunga world cup ke liye ? pic.twitter.com/t8B9PzE55j
— Nishant ?? (@Nishantchant) August 28, 2023
Amit Shah can train him to be fit enough to outrun a cheetah.
— Narendra Modi (Parody) (@narendramodiAOC) August 28, 2023
Common bro u can do itt ?? pic.twitter.com/xckEcl9NXE
— Pavan Kumar Reddy M (@Jhonwick1806) August 28, 2023
Kane mama , we request you to remain unfit
— Yuvraj Singh (@wtfyuviii) August 28, 2023
Hope he recovers soon.
All want to see him in #CWC23.
— JAYANTJERIYA (@jayantjeriya26) August 28, 2023
KANE WILLIAMSON: pic.twitter.com/IeFmtf2Vs6
— spicex (@spicex_) August 28, 2023