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Kane hopes to be able to shine
Yorkshire new boy Kane Williamson insists there is a lot of hard work to do before he can celebrate with an LV= County Championship winner’s medal around his neck.
The New Zealander has arrived at Headingley as the new overseas player for the last five matches of the season with the White Rose county in pole position in division one to claim their first title since 2001.
A middle order batsman of some repute, he could play less than a third of the season and end up with some silverware seeing as they are ten points clear ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Trent Bridge to face Nottinghamshire. “That would be ideal,” smiled the 23-year-old Northern Districts player.
But he is under no illusions that he and his new team-mates will have to put in the hard yards before that becomes a reality.
“Yorkshire are tracking really well. Hopefully I can slide into the team and contribute in some ways to continue that momentum,” said right-handed Williamson, who is under immediate pressure to perform with Gary Ballance on England Lions duty.
“There’s pressure on everyone. You’re coming to the end of the competition, and the team is going so very well. We’ve got some big games to come. The pressure’s always on when you’re a front-runner in a competition.
“We need to continue what the boys have been doing, and we need to keep looking to move forward and treat every game just one at a time. I’m really looking forward to it.”
Williamson, the owner of 25 Test caps and three Test hundreds, has been back in training in New Zealand with his state for approximately three weeks following a break from the game at the end of the Champions Trophy with the Blackcaps in mid-June.
“It happened very quickly. I’d flown home, and I’d been home for a couple of weeks,” continued the former Gloucestershire man.
“Overnight it happened, and I’m back on a plane over here playing some more cricket. I’m really excited to be joining a club like Yorkshire.
“I’ve played here (in England) a few times, so it’s nice to have that experience and know what to expect. But every time you go out to bat, it’s a new challenge. It’s important you treat it like that.”
Should Williamson impress with Yorkshire, it opens up the possibility of him returning to the club on a more regular basis in 2014 surrounding his international commitments. New Zealand are pencilled in to tour the West Indies for two months from mid-May next summer.
“There’s potential opportunities, but I guess you cross those bridges when they are near to potentially eventuating. My focus now is these five games,” he added.
Williamson scored a century for Gloucestershire against Yorkshire at Bristol last year in a division two clash. This spell marks his first taste of division one cricket.
Meanwhile, fellow batsman Phil Jaques is expected to return at Trent Bridge after five weeks out with a muscle tear under his rib. He played in a second XI one-day Trophy tie against Nottinghamshire at Barnsley yesterday.
Jaques missed the latter stages of Twenty20 and the most recent Championship draw with Warwickshire at Headingley at the start of the month. He scored 139 in his last appearance against Derbyshire at Chesterfield.
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