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England spinner Adil Rashid has admitted that New Zealand captain Kane Williamson will bounce back from his disappointing run of form with the bat.
Williamson has mostly struggled in Twenty20 Internationals as this year, he has scored 143 runs in nine innings at a dismal average of 17.88. To make matters worse, he has only scored more than 19 runs on one occasion.
However, his form in ODIs has been a lot better as in the three-match series against the West Indies and the five-match series against Pakistan, he had an overall average of 49.83.
“You know, I never thought of that,” Rashid, who plays alongside Williamson for Yorkshire, was quoted as saying by stuff.co.nz. “It didn’t cross my mind because we know Kane’s a world-class player.
“He performs all around the world and if he is going through a little patch – which I didn’t think he was – but if he is I’m sure he’ll bounce back.”
With England’s five-match ODI series against the Black Caps starting on Sunday in Hamilton, Rashid conceded that his side have to be wary of the fact that New Zealand have won their last eight ODIs.
“I think Kane Williamson is leading them extremely well, they’re a very talented team, they’ve proven that in the one-dayers against Pakistan, they won 5-0,” he said.
Meanwhile, Rashid recently decided to sign a white-ball only deal with Yorkshire. Not long after he made this move, England opener Alex Hales did the same thing as he penned a two-year white-ball only deal with Nottinghamshire.
Speaking about it, Rashid insisted that the decision to focus on solely on limited overs cricket was his decision. However, he made it clear that he could play red-ball cricket once again next year.
“It was something I felt like I had to do at this point of my career; something that’s been inside me for a little while,” he said. “If I wasn’t giving 100 per cent, I can’t be letting the team down but also myself down. It was purely how I felt playing red-ball cricket – my mind wasn’t there, my heart’s not also there.
“If my mind or my heart changes, I could be going back to red-ball cricket next season.”