Kane Williamson in doubt for tomorrow's Black Caps T20 match against England

Black Caps skipper Kane Williamson is committed to playing Twenty 20 cricket for New Zealand but could miss tomorrow's match against England in Wellington due to a back problem.

Williamson isn't quite 100 per cent and is being monitored ahead of tomorrow's tri-series match.

"100ish… just got a few niggles, a bit of a back niggling so hopefully it's settled by tomorrow night," said Williamson.

He trained this afternoon with the New Zealand team.

Former Black Cap Simon Doull believes Williamson might benefit if he solely focused on Test and ODIs and left T20 to develop younger talent.

"I definitely want to play all three forms, it's a challenge I look forward to," said Williamson.

"But at the same time as we've seen throughout the summer already guys have had time off.

"They've missed a few games for those reasons and it is a balancing act, moving forward because the volume of cricket seems to increase every year."

Rookie Tim Seifert is preparing for his potential debut for the Black Caps after grabbing the attention of selectors after his record breaking century in the Super Smash off just 40 balls for the Northern Districts.

"I've been going well batting the last couple of weeks so I'm not going to change anything different so I'll just stand there and try to react," said Seifert.

The Black Caps will be looking to break their three game losing streak when they take on England tomorrow.

Kane Williamson bats against Pakistan
Kane Williamson bats against Pakistan Source: Photosport



'They've shot the lights out at domestic level' – Black Caps selectors back explosive T20 debutants

Black Caps selector Gavin Larsen has backed the side's two newest members to fire for the remainder of the Twenty20 tri-series against England and Australia, with Mark Chapman and Tim Seifert called into the New Zealand side.

The pair both had strong Super Smash campaigns, in which Auckland's Champman averaged 34.11 runs at a strike-rate of 171.50, and Northern Districts' Seifert averaged 32.30 at 146.81 and was the third leading run scorer in the competition.

Speaking to media today, Larsen spoke highly of the duo, ahead of their first appearances for the Black Caps.

"They're there for a reason," he said.

"They have basically shot the lights out at domestic level in the Super Smash."

"They're very talented, they're explosive players with a lot of x-factor. To me, they're match winners and they need to transfer that onto the next stage."

The Black Caps are next in action against England in Wellington on February 13.

Gavin Larsen threw his support behind new call-ups Mark Chapman and Tim Seifert. Source: 1 NEWS

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Listen: Former Black Cap says Kane Williamson, coach Mike Hesson should be dropped from T20 squad

Former Black Cap Simon Doull says current captain Kane Williamson and coach Mike Hesson should be cut from the New Zealand T20 setup, with better specialists required for the team to progress.

After a seven wicket loss to Australia to start the T20 tri-series, Doull told NZME's Radio Sport this morning that the Black Caps are being found out in the shortest form of the game when the pressure is on.

The commentator said while both are fantastic contributors to the team for ODI and Test cricket, a coach and captain with better understanding of Twenty20 strategies needs to be called in.

"If Kane Williamson doesn't open in T20 he shouldn't be playing," Doull said.

"His record opening is very good, at three and four it's not that great. But he shouldn't be in the T20 side, there's a lot shouldn't be in the T20 side."

Williamson averages 38 runs as a T20 opener and 22 runs outside of that spot - those numbers were further backed in his latest outing against Australia when he was dismissed for eight runs off 21 delivers batting at three.

Doull said Hesson's axing would finally give the coach some well-earned time off.

New Zealand stormed to an innings and 67 run victory against the West Indies in Wellington. Source: 1 NEWS

"He's a great coach who has done an amazing job, and has really grown into the job," Doull said.

"But he gets very little time off, only a small amount of time with his family. Give him T20 completely off, get a new coach, new ideas, a new bunch of players."

For replacements, the former medium pace bowler had a couple of names in mind.

Doull said current opener Martin Guptill would "relish the captaincy and responsibility" while someone such as former captain Dan Vettori should be looked to coach the side, having gained experience in the short format from coaching in the BBL and IPL.

"(The coach) probably needs to have played the game to understand it a bit better. The Northern Knights had Gareth Hopkins solely as their T20 coach and he played until recently. The rest of the coaches around the country are a bit older, out of touch with T20."

The Black Caps play their next T20 tri-series match against England in Wellington on February 13.


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