Williamson misses out on T20 clashes

January 08, 2014 12:25:11 UK

Kane Williamson has been left out of the squad for the series against the West Indies.

Kane Williamson will look to make his runs in the domestic Twenty20 competition after being left out of the New Zealand squad for the two-match series against the West Indies.

The batsman is one of two players omitted from the 14-man ODI squad for the 20-over matches in Auckland and Wellington, along with veteran seamer Kyle Mills.

But he will get the chance to show his form in the shortest form of the game when he plays for Northern Knights against Mills’ Auckland Aces in Hamilton on Friday night.

And he has little need to fear for his international future, given the way has played so far this New Zealand summer.

He made 45 in Wellington and then two half-centuries in Hamilton during the Test series, and hit 47 in the fourth ODI in Nelson.

Williamson wants to be in the Black Caps squad for the Twenty20 World Cup in Bangladesh starting in March, but knows there are plenty of other contenders in good form. The 23-year-old has averaged 22.88 in his 13 T20 internationals.

He said: “For T20, my focuses are wanting to improve in that area and ultimately be playing all three formats.

“But I do recognise there is room for improvement there. It’s kind of been tough in some ways because you’re away so much with the international duties that you struggle to play even domestic Twenty20s at times.”

With New Zealand going into the two T20 clashes with the West Indies with a squad of only 12, it means the likes of in-form Hamish Rutherford and Anton Devcich have missed out.

New Zealand areĀ 17.00 to win the Twenty20 World Cup and 17.00 to win the 2015 Cricket World Cup.

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