Williamson hoping New Zealand can ‘set up an awkward chase or bat on a bit longer’

"For BJ to bat four-and-a-bit hours was a huge effort in these conditions"

“For BJ to bat four-and-a-bit hours was a huge effort in these conditions”

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New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson has announced that he is hoping the Black Caps can “set up an awkward chase or bat on a bit longer” on the fifth day of the second Test against the West Indies in Trinidad.

New Zealand currently lead by 18 runs and only have two wickets in hand in their second innings.

“Obviously, there are some performances that, when we look back on, we are not entirely happy with but to bat a day like we did today, with BJ and Mark at the end, was fantastic,” Williamson said. “For BJ to bat four-and-a-bit hours was a huge effort in these conditions.

“We would have liked some big scores and sort of made the second innings our first innings but that wasn’t to be. Hopefully, the two boys out there can kick on a bit tomorrow and they can either set up an awkward chase or bat on a bit longer and put us in a good position.”

Even though Williamson admitted that opening batsman Tom Latham was dismissed by anĀ absolute snorter of a delivery from spinner Sulieman Benn, he pointed out that the pitch still has a lot in it for the batsmen.

“The wicket was still good,” he said. “Tom’s delivery was just one of those ones you can’t do much about. There is a bit of rough there for the spin. It is still a good pitch and hopefully the boys can keep going.”

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