New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson is set to return to the team on Friday, October 13 against Bangladesh at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. He has progressed well from his injury and will be making a comeback to the team, after missing the first two matches of the ICC ODI Cricket World Cup 2023.
Kane Williamson suffered a knee injury during the Indian Premier League 2023 earlier this year. He has been out of action since then. Over the last few months, he has made significant progress and is set to return to the team. New Zealand head coach Gary Stead expressed that things look good for Kane Williamson’s comeback to the team.
He said, “At this stage, all things are looking good for Kane’s return in this game – but we still say that with an air of caution. He’s been progressing very very well.”
“He’s had a great five or six last days, really ramped up the fielding aspect of things – that’s the key thing for Kane at the moment, it’s not about his injury so much, it’s his ability to run between the wickets and field and to consistently do that over a 50-over game. But we’re delighted where he’s at – we’ve got two more trainings to get through,” he added.
Tim Southee is also in contention to make a comeback against Bangladesh
New Zealand pacer Tim Southee is also likely to return to the team for their ICC ODI Cricket World Cup 2023 match against Bangladesh. He suffered a fracture to his thumb during the England tour last month. He has missed the first two matches of the World Cup.
However, the pacer is likely to be available for selection for the Bangladesh game. New Zealand has been struggling with injury concerns as the likes of Kane Williamson, Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson, and Southee were not completely fit.