July 9, 2012

New Zealand cricket

Don't judge Williamson on his early captaincy

Nikita Bastian

Ahmed Rizvi, in the National, says giving Kane Williamson a longer run as New Zealand captain might be worthwhile.

Wright had few options once Taylor injured his shoulder. The cupboard is bare. And while the results may not have been positive till now, Williamson has shown his leadership qualities ...

Graeme Smith was 22 and had played only eight Test matches and 22 ODIs when he was appointed South Africa captain after a disappointing 2003 World Cup, and his success is there for all to see. Pataudi did the same for India. New Zealand have their own experience with Stephen Fleming. He was a week shy of his 24th birthday when he got the job in 1997. Today, he is considered the best captain they had.

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