New Zealand ODI captain Kane Williamson shares update on recovery; posts batting video from net session
Kane Williamson, the captain of New Zealand, went back to the net on Tuesday to face throwdowns. This kept his slim chances of playing in the 50-overs World Cup in India later this year alive.
The 32-year-old's anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tore in the Indian Premier League, and he had surgery in early April to fix it. This makes it unlikely that he will be able to play in the World Cup.
Williamson shared a video of himself batting in the nets on Instagram with the caption, "Nice to be back in the nets with the bat in hand for a few throws."
Gary Stead, the coach of New Zealand, is one of the people who hasn't given up hope that Williamson will be able to play in the big game in October and November.
"At the moment, our line about Kane is that it's still unlikely that he will be available," Stead said in April. "But we don't want to rule out a person of his class and calibre, and the things he brings to this team, too soon in case there is still a chance."
New Zealand media said that Williamson, who led the team to the final of the 2019 World Cup, would still go to India, but only as a coach.
New Zealand plays England in the first match of the event on Oct. 5 in Ahmedabad. This is a rematch of the 2019 final, which New Zealand lost because of a rule that has since been changed.