New Zealand v Australia, 2nd Test, Hamilton

Kane Williamson named in New Zealand Test squad

Brydon Coverdale

March 24, 2010

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The teenage batsman Kane Williamson is line for a potential Test debut after being named in New Zealand's squad for the second Test against Australia starting in Hamilton on Saturday. Williamson, 19, has been in irresistible form in the Plunket Shield this summer, and will replace the injured Daryl Tuffey. Allrounder James Franklin has also been included in the squad.

Williamson, a top-order batsman and offspinner, put in a brilliant all-round performance for Northern Districts against Auckland last week, when he made 192 and finished with match figures of 5 for 59. He has made 588 runs at 53.45 in the Plunket Shield this season and will be pushing for a Test debut at his home ground, Seddon Park, after the shaky efforts of the top order in Wellington.

"I wasn't expecting a call at all, but I was aware that I was probably getting looked at after past performances, I was absolutely thrilled," Williamson said. "I had a bit of contact with [coach] Mark Greatbatch, not on a consistent basis, but once or twice he said 'keep going'. I'm certainly excited to test myself at the next level and learn a lot."

Franklin's ability to bowl left-arm seam won him the nod, as the selectors prepared for the possibility of overcast conditions in Hamilton.

"There has been a lot of rain in Hamilton of late, and it is fair to say that the conditions we saw today at Seddon Park, at this stage, are far different to those we experienced earlier in the season," Greatbatch said. "We thought it prudent to have all our bases covered, and James does that for us."

The squad also includes Mathew Sinclair, who was included as top-order cover in the squad at the Basin Reserve but did not make the side. The offspinner Jeetan Patel will feature strongly in the selection discussions on a pitch expected to take some turn, but most of the interest in the lead-up will surround the young Williamson.

"He's in the 13 so he's a chance, there's no doubt about that," Greatbatch said. "We'll have to look at the conditions at Seddon Park but he's playing well. We resisted the temptation to bring him in earlier but we've decided with one Test left, he's a young lad playing well, very talented and it's an opportunity for him to be involved in our environment. If he does make the starting 11 I'm sure he'll acquit himself well."

New Zealand squad Tim McIntosh, BJ Watling, Mathew Sinclair, Peter Ingram, Ross Taylor, Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, Daniel Vettori (capt), Brendon McCullum (wk), Tim Southee, Brent Arnel, Jeetan Patel, Chris Martin, James Franklin.

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Posted by nzlallblacks on (March 26, 2010, 12:38 GMT)

Another bad idea I guess, to call up Kane Williamson at such young age.The difference between the top level test cricket and NZ domestic is huge. There is no guarantee whatsoever that KW will be as successful as he is in domestic cricket. His chance of not overcoming the pressure form this experienced aussie side is much more. NZC should allow promising players like Kane to develope by playing 1st claas cricket, not by playing test cricket. Look at Bollinger or Ryan Harris of the aussie side. He should start with playing ODIs at first. Kane hasn't yet played in county cricket. He also can play in NZ A team. May be even in IPL or whatever, just to gather enough experience to make the test side. Remember how many runs Mike Hussey scored before he made the test side of Aussies? And more importantly, it's not that NZ don't have any experienced cricketers left. There are safer bets like James Franklin or Mathew Sinclair. They can't just gamble with Kane like they are doing with Guptill now.

Posted by waitara on (March 25, 2010, 15:54 GMT)

Gupta, it's time to put this nonsense to bed. Here's the history of terrorism and cricket - check out NZ's unlucky involvement: 2002 - suicide bomb outside NZ team's hotel in Karachi prompted them to pack up and abandon the Test series in Pakistan. Injured the team physio, killed 11 French navy experts and two Pakistanis. 2001 - NZ cancelled its tour of Pakistan, due to start within weeks of the Sep 11 US attacks. July 2001 - most of the team stayed on in Sri Lanka under increased security when a suicide attack closed Colombo's international airport. 1996 - Aust and the WI refused to play in preliminary World Cup matches in Sri Lanka after a huge bomb blast killed 80 people and injured 1,200 in Colombo. 1992, Colombo, a suicide bomber detonated a bomb outside the NZ team's hotel at breakfast, killing four people. 5 players and the coach returned home on compassionate grounds. 1987 - NZ cut short its tour of Sri Lanka after a car bomb killed 100 people at a bus station in Colombo.

Posted by zn264 on (March 25, 2010, 14:48 GMT)

@Gupta.Ankur like most cricket lovers on here, when we want to find out about other teams, in your case NZ and how often they tour, we look at the statistics, and read new articles on tours etc, this is cricinfo remember.

Posted by QWERTYNZ on (March 25, 2010, 9:22 GMT)

Gupta.Ankur your comments are pretty clueless.

The only sub continent country that NZ isn't willing to tour is Pakistan for obvious reasons. (NZ toured Sri Lanka last year and Bangledesh in 08).

And i'm pretty sure Sri Lanka havn't toured Pakistan (or anyone else for that matter) since they were attacked.

Posted by Gupta.Ankur on (March 25, 2010, 4:30 GMT)

NZ has been worst security victims? is that what you have for NZ not having courage to tour abraod? what about SriLanka their team bus was sprayed with bullets,still they toured Pak and other countries.... I think thats why i said courage and not willingness....

Posted by waitara on (March 25, 2010, 0:24 GMT)

These comments about NZ's unwillingness to tour are unfair. Apart from Sri Lanka, no team has experienced the violence that the NZ team has had the misfortune to witness on previous tours. Surely it is understandable that NZ Cricket would not send the team to, and that players would not be willing to play in, another hotspot (as other country boards have also done)? It is a sport.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2010, 23:43 GMT)

Hate to admit it but Cleon is right, though I hope Williamson does well! .I'm a kiwi and strong supporter of the Black Caps but benchmarking the ability of a guy by his run in nz domestic cricket doesnt give an indication how he will go as an international - Look at Franklin and Matt Bell from Wellington - Fantastics Domestic records but at international a failure Sinclair too - though Frandklin can still prove himself. Iin my opinion there are 3 reasons that immediately spring to mind why we will never be a consistantly strong team. 1 - Small player base 2 - Constant injuries to key players (Why??? As it has been happening for years - I could write a book about this) 3 - The NZ domestic comp - Pretty weak and the step up to international cricket is level is too great. -We need to get a couple of international players in each team to bring up the standard and keep the competition at a good level

and Gupta.Ankur - Well I dont need to say much, everyone else has done it for mr

Posted by Alex-Ward on (March 24, 2010, 23:26 GMT)

@shiva, williamson opening the batting? what the hell, one of the best long-term prospects we have and you think chucking him in to the revolving door opening position against a red-hot australia is the way to introduce a player of the future???

dont even play him in this test, wait until a winter tour and even playing him down the order is a mistake let alone OPENING.

also taylor and mccullum not consistent? taylor has been the premier batsmen for some time now and mcculum has just scored two hundreds in as many weeks basically

Posted by   on (March 24, 2010, 21:38 GMT)

Kane Williamson is the most exciting NZ prospect since Daniel Vettori, the comparisons with Crowe and Rutherford are out of date and not applicable to this extraordinary young man. I have several times had the pleasure of watching his work at venues around the South Island and feel he is going to become a permanent fixture in this Black Caps team for years to come. That said, I can't see the Black Caps troubling the ockers any more this time round than last.

Posted by shiva89 on (March 24, 2010, 21:01 GMT)

i think still new zealand is lacking batsmen. they have a few good bowlers and allrounders but they lack batsmen. their middle order is strong including mccullum, vettori, taylor. tuffey and franklin can bat. nz needs a strong opening pair. mcintosh and walter hasn't been successful so it is a good chance for the selectors to gamble with williamson opening the innings. From the last 12 months taylor and mccullum hasn't performed to their best and has been inconsistent. On a whole, the pressure falls on vettori to contribute with the bat and the bowl. he is nearly contributing 40-50% in the teams output and hence... nz has been the one man army... and this is a big problem nz is facing over the yrs.

Posted by amdtelrunya on (March 24, 2010, 20:07 GMT)

Patel, Southee, Arnel and Martin cannot all play in this test. Its like having 3 no 11s and a no 10, so basically as soon as NZ lose their 6th wicket its innings over. Of the 13, Ingram and Southee/Patel should be left out. Selection of Patel would depend on the pitch, but even then Williamson can be the 5th bowler.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2010, 20:06 GMT)

In the days of helmets, chest and elbow protectors, also dont forget the batting gloves offer more protection than in the 80's ! How many hands has MitchellJohnson broke now ? Expect a barrage against young Kane they say hes good on the back foot. in test cricket you need to play of both and judge the length well and most New Zealand batsmen play like theyre on artificial pithes ! I was a big fan of the great Malcom Marshall and his fellow quicks but if you think facing Mitch and co is easy, you go out there and have a go. Playing Ingram is farcicle i cant beleive Greatbatch would pick a guy that cant move his feet he'd be better of playing himself !

Posted by RAMKI2404 on (March 24, 2010, 19:51 GMT)

I dont see any issues with the NZ team other then thier Bowling Department and Injuries to some of the key players. They have wonderful batting line-up like Guptil, McCullum, Vettori, Taylor, Ryder (Once he will be back from Injury). Shane Bond Decision of not playing test matches made a big impact on the NZ bowling department. They performed reasonably well in the 1st test against AUS considering the fact they are playing with one of the best teams in the world (I still consider AUS as no1). Best of Luck NZ keep your spirits up, on any given day you have the capability to beat any team and you proved it many times.

Posted by Cleon on (March 24, 2010, 19:00 GMT)

this kid plays NZ domestic cricket my grandmother could score runs in that league. who is bowling to him, guys less effective than southee, martin and the rest of NZ bowler obviously or they would be in the test side. dont put your eggs in one basket, no need to get too goofy now. wait for a W.I tour to play him he will definatel build his confidence there.

Posted by plow on (March 24, 2010, 18:38 GMT)

We dont have any good bowlers right now, that is the sad truth, so we might as well stack our team with batters and try and make games last long enought to draw them.

First step, drop chris martin, hes tried and tried but has not got any aussies out. Replace him with James Franklin who can atleast bat for two days is a left handed variation and can swing a ball. He would do way better with the new ball than Martin. Southee can stay, but only just, what has happened to his batting??!!#%ยค&/

Williamson must play, put him in to bowl a ball too, DO NOT revert back to Jeetan Patel. He has had chance after chance to take wickets and win tests but has NEVER delivered even with matches gift wrapped for him, ie massive totals to defend and days to bowl an dry pithes.. its a draw at best everytime with jeets unfortunately.

looking forward to seeing Willimasons carreer pan out,

Good luck mate, beleive in yourself.

Posted by Millerman on (March 24, 2010, 18:10 GMT)

It's frankly utter nonsense to suggestion where NZ plays has anything to do with choice, or NZ wishing to avoid playing in certain places. It's down to the ICC mixed with the fact NZ simply isn't a big draw card, and therefore not high on list of priorities of the big countries including India.

We've fairly recently played in Bangladesh & Sri Lanka. If India wanted to play us in India, I'm sure we'd jump at the chance.

Posted by suhas_cadambi on (March 24, 2010, 17:47 GMT)

@Ankur Gupta: What are you on about, seriously? You seem to be posting this 'NZ not touring the subcontinent' comment just about everywhere. If anybody needs a clarification, NZ have not been INVITED to tour the subcontinent (Bangladesh excepted) in quite some time, because of the lopsided nature of the FTP and the high handedness of the BCCI and other boards themselves. Prior to their tour of Sri Lanka last year, NZ hadn't been called over for a test series since 2003, a year in which they drew level in both Sri Lanka and India (and even gave India a real scare at Ahmedabad, if I recall correctly). In spite of having been a respectable test side under Stephen Fleming, test series against them were never seen as marketable. I agree NZ are in a real hole at the test level, but part of the problem is that the top nations don't agree to play them enough, which makes improvement difficult. Far from not having the 'courage' to tour outside Australia, the kiwis have got a raw deal overall.

Posted by zn264 on (March 24, 2010, 16:52 GMT)

@Gupta.Ankur, I think I have already seen comments directed at you regarding this, I'm sure NZ doesn't decide where and when they tour. But for the record their last test series overseas was the sub-contient in the end of August 09 against Sri Lanka, followed by the Compaq Cup which included India in September. So stop going on about your 'summon courage' rubbish, they have been touring all over the world for of 80 years!!!

Posted by Gupta.Ankur on (March 24, 2010, 15:54 GMT)

also NZ must summon the courage to tour other countries apart from Australia...does anyone know when their next tour is? And when did they tour Sub-continent?

Posted by waitara on (March 24, 2010, 13:38 GMT)

Kane Williamson is a very rare talent indeed for NZ. It seemed sensible to hold him back, but after the miserable performance in the first Test, NZ has no choice. What NZ really lacks though, is bowlers.

Posted by Jambo22 on (March 24, 2010, 12:49 GMT)

Furthermore, look at these stats since Christmas (23 December, actually). In the 50-over comp he has scored 597 runs @ an average of 99.5, with 2 hundreds and 4 fifties, and taken 11 wickets @ 22.5 (4.8 rpo).

In first class cricket during the same period he has scored 529 runs @ 105.8 (!) with 2 big hundreds and a 93, and taken 7 wickets @ 40.6.

I know that this is only NZ's weak domestic cricket, but what else can you ask the guy to do before you pick him? For those who want to keep him in the wings for another year, remember that Robbie Hart (who?) kept Brendon McCullum out of the NZ Test team for a year or two for the same reason.

Posted by wikiwarrior on (March 24, 2010, 12:22 GMT)

Id expect Ingram,Sinclair, and Franklin to drop of that list Ingram is just not going to cut in the international circuit. We need Wicket takers and i don't see Franklin doing any damage. The toss up will be between Skippy and Williamson I'm leaning towards Williamson, Skippy had his chance.

I agree with Kiwi_Mox to a certain extent. He's certainly been impressive in his limited stints. Id have him at 4 or 3 if he comes in at 5 or 6 it il be damage control(4 for 60 or there a bouts) and that il be extra pressure on him.

This should be the line up Tim McIntosh, BJ Watling, Ross Taylor. Kane Williamson, Martin Guptill,, Daniel Vettori (capt), Brendon McCullum (wk), Tim Southee, Brent Arnel, Jeetan Patel, Chris Martin.

Posted by luvbite1 on (March 24, 2010, 12:02 GMT)

Jeez, 'onlinegamer55'- you should have quit when you were ahead- ie after the first six words of your post: "I haven't seen Kane Williamson bat".

All the rest in nonsense. (And a way too long post) I have seen him bat, I know his Dad, he does have the metal strength. (And I did play a little 1st class cricket)

Posted by Jambo22 on (March 24, 2010, 11:33 GMT)

Why are people making comparisons with Ken Rutherford? He was thrown into Test cricket against the West Indies, virtually at their peak, in the West Indies. He had to face the likes of Marshall, Garner, Holding, Walsh, etc. on bouncy foreign wickets. Williamson, on the other hand, is playing at home, after some solid f/c experience, against a good, but not overwhelmingly fearsome, Australian attack. The two are not comparable. Even if KW gets a pair, it won't traumatise him the way KR's failures did. Franklin needs to be there to shore up the long tail, and his bowling can't be any less penetrative than Southee's.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2010, 10:40 GMT)

Please!!! Let's NOT remember Ken Rutherford.

Posted by noblynz on (March 24, 2010, 10:11 GMT)

The issue NZ has isn't to do with the batsmen. We need a strike bowler like Shane Bond to take wickets, without restricting the opposition score or being able to take 20 wickets we aren't going to be able to win a test anyway. Because the opposition runs up such a high score without losing many wickets there is extra pressure on the NZ batsmen to score more runs and score them fast because they know their bowlers need longer to get the other team all out.. surely there must be another bowler in NZ capable of bowling up to 150kmph?

Posted by Bigtimmy on (March 24, 2010, 10:10 GMT)

id love to see giving a go opening the tests, even tho hes playing great at 5 if they wanna bat guptill there they might have to look at it

Posted by   on (March 24, 2010, 9:47 GMT)

He needs to play at least one test to attract new IPL franchises.

Posted by maddp on (March 24, 2010, 9:43 GMT)

Really good to see him selected. If he plays I would think he'll bat at 6, rather than be thrown in at 3, though who bats at three is also going to be interesting after Ingram's duel failures. Be interesting to know whether they have picked Williamson with a view to bowling him, which obviously will effect whether they select Patel in the playing 11. I think a future solution for the team could be to have McCullum give up the gloves and bat at 3, with Hopkins at 7 or 8, and Williamson performing the batting allrounder role at 6. If Ryder is fit it will be great to see a log jam for those middle order positions between Taylor, Guptill, Ryder and Williamson - maybe Ryder could open!!!

Posted by GoldieOLC on (March 24, 2010, 8:37 GMT)

Not only is Kane a great cricketer, he is a fantastic guy. He has his head screwed on, which alot of young talented sportsmen lack. He has the mental game/strength of someone twice his age. He's humble and down to earth. Hes more than ready. Get him in there. Good Luck Nos

Posted by letchford on (March 24, 2010, 8:31 GMT)

This kid looks the goods, as an ausssie I hope they still play Ingram, it motivates the aussie quicks to get the first wicket so they can get a cheap 2nd wicket. Why is he playing test cricket @ no 3, is this a NZ way of poking fun at the aussie bowlers. I'd play Tuffey with a broken hand before Ingram. But the biggest problem is with Chris Martin. Don't you guys have a young quick that is worth a go. Martin just can't take wickets against the Aussies. You might bat well but to win who is going to take the 20 wickets. Vettori surely can't be expected to do it all... or can he?

Posted by onlinegamer55 on (March 24, 2010, 8:14 GMT)

I haven't seen Kane Williamson bat, so I can't judge how talented he is, but if we're looking at batting averages only, then he's one of the best in the country (not so long ago, I recall that his average was something like 35, but it boosted 15 in a few matches, due in part to two close-to-double centuries). But do people here remember Ken Rutherford (look up his profile on cricinfo). He was an extraordinary talent at 19, played his last test at 29, batting average of 27.08. We don't want the same thing to happen to Kane Williamson. And when a team turns to a batsmen with only 19 first class matches under his belt, after being belted in a test match, you can sense there is a problem. Don't get me wrong; I'm not against blooding youngsters into an international team. And youngsters like Hughes, Williamson, and Akmal are extremely talented. But talent needs to be accompanied by one furthur quality in a youngster - *mental strength*, a quality that separates the great from the talented.

Posted by Bigtimmy on (March 24, 2010, 7:57 GMT)

McIntosh, Watling, Taylor, Guptill, Vettori, Williamson, McCullum, Franklin, Southee, Arnel, Martin

I know Imgram deserves another chance blah blah blah, id way rather see what Kain has to offer, i wouldnt wanna chuck him in at 3rd drop tho against the aussies, a little to rough on the kid, Taylor might aswell bat there as hes normally in after 10 overs anyways, i think with the way the batting order is layed out it gives an even mix of our inexperienced batsmen with our experienced, Vettori is definatly good enough to bat at 5, Franklin dosnt really deserve his spot due to doing nothing for the blackcaps but i feel with him and Kain lending some overs with the bowling and contributing runs we have better depth in batting and bowling, going to be interesting to see who gets dropped once Ryders back

Posted by kasablur on (March 24, 2010, 7:55 GMT)

@ Wajid M Khan

Why did you just repeat everything the article said?

Posted by   on (March 24, 2010, 7:50 GMT)

The Kid will be under a lot of load if he reads the cricinfo post today and especially after the comment of one Kiwi mox.

Posted by Gupta.Ankur on (March 24, 2010, 7:50 GMT)

Finally it seems NZ is moving in the right direction.........the young fella should be given a go against the Aussies and if he's good then must be given 10 tests at least to perform....

And i don't think too many top order batsmen in NZ line-up can complain if they are dropped,barring of course taylor.

Posted by Rev0408 on (March 24, 2010, 7:49 GMT)

Kiwi Mox might have been watching NZ domestic cricket for 40 years, but haven't been watching any international cricket! Williamson should play because the Kiwi top order is useless, but I'd imagine he'll find facing a quality Test attack a bit more daunting than the trundlers he smacks around for fun for Northern Districts. Bollinger, Harris and Johnson 140km+, plus Watson coming back to add swing. At the end of the day unless the pitch is a minefield I can only see two results - Aus win or draw. I cannot see NZ taking 20 wickets now, or anywhere in the near future for that matter. Sad.

Posted by gameofcricket on (March 24, 2010, 7:41 GMT)

Go Kane good luck for second test. Why is everyone giving the NZ team so much stick (especially mainstream media) the reason the team lost to australia is not because of the wrong team being selected its just that the opposition are much better!!!!!!!!!!. And yes im a kiwi fan.

I think the batting lineup will look better once jesse ryder gets back, and possibly grant elliot as a batting all rounder.

Posted by venkatesh018 on (March 24, 2010, 6:48 GMT)

That is a pretty big call made by Kiwi Mox.i am hoping that he fulfills the hopes of the kiwis.i will be certainly be waking up early here in india, to see the kid bat.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2010, 6:31 GMT)

ive seen him play at the u-19 youth world cup....quite an accomplished batsman...i have been captain of the oman u-19 team....i wish i had a national side playing test cricket with such a hopeless top order....i would have aldready played 25 tests ....and im only 19....

Posted by Sumitonly on (March 24, 2010, 6:30 GMT)

I hope he is included in playing 11. But I would like to see this team: Luke Woodcock (wk), Tim McIntosh, Shanan Stewart, Ross Taylor, Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, Daniel Vettori (capt), Brendon McCullum (wk), Tim Southee, Brent Arnel, Chris Martin, Jeetan Patel, Graeme Aldridge.

Posted by hbkbibboobobo on (March 24, 2010, 6:30 GMT)

Remember Ken Rutherford anyone?

Posted by   on (March 24, 2010, 6:19 GMT)

If he plays, must be used as number 3 or 4. I hope they do not muck around with him later in the order. About time nz cricket.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2010, 6:04 GMT)

Kane Williamson, a 19 years old top-order batsman and offspinner, appears to be a rare find for New Zealand.

His brilliant all-round performance for Northern Districts, he made 192 and finished with match figures of 5 for 59, speak volumes about his potential. He has made 588 runs at 53.45 in the Plunket Shield this season.

I wish him the best of luck. It has been a long time since a teenage batsman has appeared for New Zealand.

Posted by _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on (March 24, 2010, 5:32 GMT)

His club record is actually way better than most New Zealanders. I am always excited to see new, talented faces and especially from a team like NZ who after a long time are putting together a few crowd pulling players. I am really getting more interested in watching them play. I really hope to see him at his best soon.

Posted by tree_ox on (March 24, 2010, 4:25 GMT)

Yeah, he's not going to play. Another mediocre attempt at showing some cahones by the NZ selectors. He should be in the team, along with Sinclair- Patel just doesn't perform in tests. Williamson is at least as good a bowler and could be protected at no 7 in the order. Sinclair dominates at 1st class level, and though he hasn't performed internationally for many years at least his experience would balance out Williamson's youth, don't expect any more from McIntosh, Watling or Ingram than what Sinclair offers anyway- the odd 50 and many, many failures. Supporting NZ sucks!

Posted by tezmond on (March 24, 2010, 4:07 GMT)

please cricket gods can ingram please pulls a hamstring,williamson has 100000000 times more potential and tecnique

Posted by damiancallesen on (March 24, 2010, 4:06 GMT)

Is naming Jeetan Patel in the 13 a joke?. The guy has done nothing to impress for a couple of years with the ball now, and even longer against the top sides. Williamson cant bowl any more ineffectually than Patel and can certainly bat a lot better. Sinclair should replace Ingram at 1st drop, Ingram will never be any good at test level.

Posted by woodyman808 on (March 24, 2010, 3:51 GMT)

I couldn't agree with this selection more. Kane williamson is the brightest young kid in NZ cricket since vettori. i'd like to see him at 3 instead of ingram, or down at 6 with sinclair at 3 pushing mccullum and vettori down to 7 and 8.

Posted by tonymcbony on (March 24, 2010, 3:28 GMT)

I hope he plays and has a good strong game; the NZ cricket fan community has been crying out to get him in the side! He'll probably slide in around 8, and back up Vettori with spin if the wicket is up for it. (Fingers crossed!)

Posted by KiWi_Mox on (March 24, 2010, 2:34 GMT)

I've been watching cricket for close to 40 years and have seen some pretty impressive teenage batsmen over that time (Martin Crowe and Sachin Tendulkar being the best two that I've seen) but Kane Williamson from what I've seen of him over the past two seasons has been far more impressive. His game is nigh on faultless, I've yet to see a weakness in his game. He's the best backfoot teenage batsmen I've ever seen and I'm hoping the Aussie's test him out with some short stuff because they'll be in for a surprise when he starts putting them out of the park.

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