Fine balance between pushing him and making sure we don’t cross that line: Stead on Williamson’s recovery

Vaibhav Tripathi

Gary Stead, the head coach of the New Zealand men’s cricket team, has given an update on Kane Williamson’s injury, highlighting the management’s cautious approach to the skipper’s recuperation.

As the World Cup approaches in less than two months, Williamson’s recovery progress is promising. Initially, it seemed that New Zealand’s white-ball captain might miss the event due to a series ACL injury that he sustained during the first match of the IPL 2023, while playing for the Gujarat Titans.

However, the recent announcement of the New Zealand squad for the England ODIs confirmed Williamson’s inclusion in the team, allowing him to continue his knee injury rehabilitation.

“Obviously with the knee and the way it is we have to be careful with how that twists, so he’s still in that healing and rehab phase, so it’s getting that fine balance between pushing him as far as he can go but making sure we don’t cross that line and do more damage,” he told reporters.

“Again it’s too early to know. Kane is working very much on a day-by-day, week-by-week process and we’ve been really clear and careful with him that we don’t look too far ahead and get expectations too big or not big enough at times,” he added.


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