Williamson stands in for injured Taylor

Kingston, Jamaica — Kane Williamson believes he will be much better prepared to captain New Zealand in the opening Digicel One-Day International against West Indies after being thrust into the role at short notice for the second Digicel T20 on Sunday.

Williamson is confident New Zealand can bounce back from being soundly beaten 2-0 in the T20s at the Central Broward Regional Park in south Florida, despite ongoing injury concerns including the absence of their leader Ross Taylor.

Williamson is set to become New Zealand’s youngest ODI captain when he leads the side in the first match in Jamaica on Thursday, but he doesn’t expect his reign to last long. Brendon McCullum, who was named in the Test squad but was originally to have been rested for the one-dayers, will join the group early and could take over the captaincy mid-way through the series.

“He’s obviously been the vice-captain in the Test team when he was there and no doubt for the One-Dayers when he’s around, so I’d imagine it would be up until that time,” Williamson told reporters on Tuesday of his captaincy prospects. Until then, Williamson, 21, will be in charge, and he has some work ahead of him to steer the side in the right direction after their T20 losses.

Williamson was handed the leadership after Taylor injured his shoulder during Saturday’s first Digicel T20 and while he did not have much time to get used to the idea, he has now had a few days to prepare for the ODIs. Not that Williamson is a captaincy novice, having at times led Gloucestershire in county cricket.

DIGICEL 2012 SERIES - New Zealand to West Indies
Upcoming matches (All times local)
Digicel One-Day International Series
July 5: 1st Digicel ODI – Sabina Park, Jamaica – 9:30 a.m.
July 7: 2nd Digicel ODI – Sabina Park – 9:30 a.m.
July 11: 3rd Digicel ODI – Warner Park, St. Kitts – 9:30 a.m.
July 14: 4th Digicel ODI – Warner Park – 9:30 a.m.
July 16: 5th Digicel ODI – Warner Park – 9:30 a.m.
Tour match
July 20-22: West Indies-A vs New Zealand – Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, Antigua – 10 a.m.
Digicel Test Series
July 25-29: 1st Digicel Test – Vivian Richards Cricket Ground – 10 a.m.
August 2-6: 2nd Digicel Test – Sabina Park – 10 a.m.

Wed, 07/04/2012 - 04:05