Vishal Mehra ∙ Sep 9 2022, 1:45 PM

New Zealand coach Gary Stead expects Kane Williamson to score big runs soon 

image-l7u9pg0rKane Williamson is struggling to score run post-elbow injury (PC: Twitter) 

Apart from England's Joe Root, all other members of the 'Fab Four' club have struggled to score runs in part since cricket returned to normalcy post-pandemic. Case-in-point: New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson, who had a rough last year with poor form and a reoccurring tennis-elbow injury.

Williamson's last-purple patch came back in the 2020-21 season, where the orthodox-batter notched 639 runs in four innings. Since the 50-overs 2019 World Cup, Williamson has played only five One-Day Internationals (ODI).

The Blackcaps skipper scored 45 runs in the first ODI against Australia in the ongoing 3-match series,  while he was dismissed off a loopy full-toss by Adam Zampa in the second ODI, after scoring 17 off 58 balls. 

Coach Gary Stead has backed Williamson to score big

"Kane is one of the hardest workers I have seen on his game and he continues to be, "A big score is around the corner. Kane is a very, very consistent trainer. Regardless of if he is scoring runs or not, he appears to me to train the same way." 

Captaincy credentials in question? 

image-l7uaj89yNew Zealand trail Australia 0-2 (PC: Twitter)

Tom Latham has stood up for the Kiwis in the absence of Williamson, having won all of his 11 ODIs as stand-in captain.  Under Williamson, New Zealand trail the ongoing Chappell-Hadlee trophy 0-2, with one match to go on Sunday.

Stead backed his skipper, who has been criticised about the utilisation of Trent Boult across both ODIs so far.

"You are always reflecting on how we go about it and what we might do differently. We all make mistakes from time to time. Who knows what's right anyway? That's the tough thing about the game of cricket. One decision you make will work one day and the next day it won't. At the end of the day, you try to put odds in your favour at any given moment."

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