Kane Williamson attended the post-match press conference after New Zealand lost the final of T20I tri-series to Pakistan by three wickets at the Hagley Oval on Friday. Despite the loss, Kane Willaimson is pleased with the positives from the series and looking forward to take lessons from the loss in the T20 World Cup.
All rounder Michael Bracewell and Opener Finn Allen have emerged as bright spots for the hosts from this series. Bracewell picked eight wickets in five matches at an excellent economy rate of 4.94 and also won the Player of the Series award. and Allen, who was preferred over the veteran Martin Guptill for the opening slot, justified his selection by keep giving New Zealand explosive starts in the powerplay.
Williamson said at the post-match press conference, “Both performed beautifully well and they played really valuable roles within the side. They play complementary roles too – Finn at the top is super aggressive and hits the ball really, really hard and looks to take it on, which has been great. And it complements Devon really well.”
“Michael – Man of the Series – incredible effort, especially to not win the series as a team. He showed his contributions throughout these five-six games. He was really disciplined with his lengths and made life quite difficult on these sorts of pitches as well.”
With New Zealand utmost priority to manage their injury-prone quicks Lockie Ferguson and Adam Milne carefully and Mitchell Santner missing initial stages of the tri-series, New Zealand has to keep rotating their bowlers they can get fully ready ahead of the global tournament. But Williamson confessed they did not look this series barely as a preparation of World Cup, they were looking at this tournament in isolation and to win it.
“It’s not really how we were looking at this tri-series. We were looking at this tournament in isolation a little bit,” Williamson said. “Having said that clearly, there’s a big tournament at the end of it, but trying to focus on what’s in front of us and play the cricket that’s in front of us. You can sometimes get carried away looking ahead and all these sorts of things; so, I thought that was good. There was some improvement throughout the series and some lessons.”
“I think it’s valuable as a team to get this sort of exposure and competition quickly before a tournament like that. Tournament sport – it’s different and not playing similar teams day in and day out. It’s thinking on our toes and adjusting as a side quickly with different venues and different oppositions.”
New Zealand is generally known to be a good fielding side but they were not upto the mark in this tri sries and dropped at least eight catches, but Williamson wasn’t worried about it. He was pleased with New Zealand’s clean effort in the field on Friday.
“That dropped chances was definitely touched on [n team discussions. Not just the catches; it can happen, although it was a little bit out of character. As a side, it’s something that we pride ourselves on, but that energy and intensity how we operate. We definitely saw an improvement today, which is important and hopefully we can continue that standard going ahead.”, Williamson said.