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Kane Williamson Calls For New Zealand To Regroup After T20 World Cup Exit
By CricShots - Jun 18, 2024 6:46 pm
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Kane Williamson emphasized the necessity for New Zealand to regroup and recover following their unexpected exit from the T20 World Cup during the group stage. Although he has been a central figure in New Zealand cricket for over a decade, leading the team through numerous successful campaigns, Williamson was non-committal about his participation in the 2026 edition. This uncertainty comes in the wake of pacer Trent Boult announcing his retirement from T20 World Cups, signaling a potential shift within the team.

Kane Williamson
Kane Williamson

In the post-match press conference, Kane Williamson commented, “Oh, I don’t know. There’s a bit of time between now and then, so it’s about regrouping as a side. We’ve got red-ball cricket over the next year basically, so it’s back into some other international formats, and we’ll see where things land.”

Since his debut, Kane Williamson has been instrumental in leading New Zealand to the semifinals in seven out of ten World Cups across both the 20- and 50-over formats since 2011. This impressive run includes three final appearances, with Williamson delivering standout performances.

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Notably, he was named Player of the Tournament in the 2019 World Cup in England and scored a remarkable 85 from 48 balls in the 2021 T20 World Cup final against Australia.

 

Reflecting on New Zealand’s recent campaign, Kane Williamson acknowledged that the team struggled to adapt to the challenging conditions in the Caribbean, facing strong performances from Afghanistan and the West Indies in a competitive Group C.

“It took a long time to start and then, in a matter of days, we were not in contention, which was frustrating,” he said. “We played against a couple of very strong sides who are very well equipped in these conditions and unfortunately that was the difference in our first two games.”

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Despite the disappointment, Williamson remained hopeful about the future. “All in all, it’s frustrating, but there’ll be learnings for the players that come back to this part of the world. These conditions have been somewhat challenging, so they are some good experiences to have going forward.”