Williamson Not Stressed About Captaincy Challenge

Publish Date
Thursday, 28 July 2016, 7:08PM
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Becoming the 29th test cricket captain of New Zealand has been far from Kane Williamson's mind ahead of the first test against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo.

Williamson will lead the side for the first time in the whites tonight, taking over from Brendon McCullum.

He said with a camp in Pretoria and three-day warm up against Zimbabwe A, it hasn't been something he's considered a great deal.

"We've been so consumed in preparation I haven't thought a huge amount about it. But it's an exciting opportunity, and obviously a privilege to get the opportunity."

The Black Caps will confirm the make-up of their side to face Zimbabwe at the toss tonight.

While spinner Ish Sodhi expects the deck to be low and slow, Williamson said they are not settled on their line-up.

"We've got seamers and spinners and you know, hopefully that holds us in good stead in terms of our attack. At this stage there's quite a few unknowns."

Their hosts haven't played test cricket since November 2014 and will field at least one debutant, possibly more in the match.

Williamson said their focus in on themselves and how they want to play in those conditions.

"That's pretty much where it ends, yes we'll do our scouting and try and gain an advantage there, but at the same time it's important that you worry about your own skill sets."

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