Friday, July 23, 2010
Kane Williamson gets a contract
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.