Kane Williamson recorded his highest test score of 251 on the second day of the first test against the West Indies, but said it was not easy to get there. The bowlers “made life really difficult” for him, he said after a day of play, and “trying to stick to my plans for a long time” satisfied him.
“Sure, the West Indies bowlers kept coming back and throwing heavily to the surface and making life really difficult,” Williamson said during a press interview. “We couldn’t get much momentum with the bat, but we managed to work our way through some of those tough periods, which was really nice. I suppose when you look at the gap between Test cricket we have That’s a nice thing. “
The gap that Williamson was referring to was a whopping nine months. New Zealand’s final test, against India in Christchurch, ended on March 2 before Covid-19 staged a long hiatus. That, plus shifting from T20s – he was last in action for the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL – to Tests, and the fact that the West Indies bowlers got decent move couldn’t have been easy to deal with. But the New Zealand captain made it work.
“I suppose when it looks like this [green pitch], you’re going to expect some exercise – and there was [movement] – and you have no control over the surface, ”said Williamson. For me, I was just trying to stick to my plans for a long time and I was hoping that if you get good balls you might miss them or they might go down instead of the slips.
‘I think that was most of that [innings] and by the end of my innings, [I was] play and miss a little bit. There was a little bit [of movement] there, but the surface certainly got a little bit better [to bat on] come in today. But I just tried to stay disciplined and stick to my plan for as long as possible. “
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One of the particularly impressive aspects of Williamson’s innings was how well he performed the pull shot, which he considered to deal well with ‘steep bounce and a really thick layer of grass. [on the pitch]”.
And also with the movement that was there, I still felt that the ball bringing the pads, the stumps and the slipcordon [into play] is perhaps the most dangerous, “he said.” So [I was] try to deny that a bit. It was fun building partnerships everywhere, especially on a surface like this [where] it was quite difficult to start due to the steep nature of the jump and the little bit of movement there was. “
The job with the bat is done, with 519 declared for 7 on the board, and now it’s over to the bowlers from New Zealand’s point of view. By the end of the second day, the West Indies had reached 49th without a loss with Kraigg Brathwaite and John Campbell in the center.
“The heavy roller went on and flattened the grass a little bit more, but I think there’s still enough bounce and sway if we can make sure we build up pressure,” Williamson said. “I think there’s plenty out there, but we know the West Indies have taken some test cricket and they have some experienced hitters on their side. So it’s not going to be that easy, but it’s important that we focus on what we can control and ensure that we bring in a lot of energy tomorrow. “