Friday, July 23, 2010

Kane Williamson gets a contract

It is good to see that Kiwis have taken a step forward by giving the promising batsman from Northern districts, Kane Williamson a contract.  He may still not be ready for test cricket, but I have a feeling that he has a bright future ahead of him.

First of all, I have to admit that I have seen little of Williamson,  as I have only seen him play in the under 19 world cup in Malaysia in 2008. For an under 19 player, he did look promising and his record in Plunket Shield, or New Zealand's first class competition is good as he averages over 46 as a batsman. What impressed me most at the under 19 level was his ability to play late and his back-foot play. It would be great for international cricket if he does well, as back-foot play has almost become extinct in the modern game. He can bowl a bit of off-spin too.

Another key point to consider is, due to a combination of too much chopping and changing and lack of talented batsmen in domestic circuit has resulted in NZ's batting line-up being brittle. Too many times, they have depended on Ross Taylor to get the runs with others collapsing like nine pins around him. So, they need  young batsmen like Williamson to step up-to the plate and succeed in international cricket. I also hope that Kiwi selectors give him a decent run in the side, though with New Zealand's selectors, one can never be sure about it.


Wes ~ PFCNFS ~ said...

Well one has to be happy that there are any Kiwi news at all... even though it means that Fatty is out with injury *again* About time the boys start playing again. I don't understand Chris Martin's contract.


Marcus Nought et al.

Anonymous said...

Nice thing is that they can stick with him till he comes good as they have so few options. Sounds like he has proper talent.

Is Fatty Ryder out again? He's more brittle than Watto.

greyblazer said...


The fatty would always be unfit lol.It would have been better if Butler had got a contract.

greyblazer said...


Great to see you on the blog! Williamson did look good at the under 19 level but I'm not sure about NZ's selectors giving him a decent run as they are famous for chopping and changing the side.

Ryder? he would always have a problem with his groin or elbow lol.

Soulberry said...

Next couple of years should be exciting. New players should be coming in into most sides. Will keep an eye out for this lad. If he's been given a contract, he should be playing sooner than later - at least the LOIs.

greyblazer said...

NZ also need a few young batsmen to come good as their batting is brittle.