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Kane Williamson enjoying time at Yorkshire
Kane Williamson is loving life at Yorkshire – even if things have not gone swimmingly for him or the county in his first two matches.
A golden duck on debut against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge for the 23-year-old New Zealander did not break Yorkshire’s stride as they completed an impressive ten-wicket victory.
And when he did excel with innings of 84 and 97 against Durham at Scarborough, a match which finished on Saturday, he could not prevent a damaging seven-wicket defeat that has opened up the LV= County Championship title race.
Not only was he unfortunate to miss out on a hundred, the Northern Districts right-hander was also unlucky to finish on the losing side.
“I’m really enjoying it here,” said the Test batsman. “They’re a great bunch of lads and great management, which means the culture in the dressing room is a good one.
“There are challenges (to being an overseas player). You come in as an outsider, but the boys here have quickly made me feel very welcome and part of the team. That’s the most important thing. They’ve done that very well.
“Hopefully we can keep working together as a unit, and I can keep contributing, which will help us move forward to what we want to achieve.”
Despite his tender age, Williamson has considerable experience under his belt.
He has scored three hundreds in 25 Tests, including one on debut against India in 2010, and has 58 limited overs internationals to his name. He has also scored three hundreds in one-day international cricket.
When you think Williamson had not played any cricket for a little over two months, it was no great surprise to see him struggle at Trent Bridge.
But he was quickly into his stride at Scarborough last week, driving particularly strongly down the ground.
“He played wonderfully well. It would have been nice to see him go on and get three figures, but it wasn’t to be,” said coach Jason Gillespie.
“Kane’s been outstanding. He’s a fantastic lad who has fitted into the dressing room really well. He’s 23, so a lot of the guys are of a similar age with similar dreams – they want to represent their country.
“Kane’s done that, and we’re really hoping that our lads can learn something from him. Hopefully he can learn something from our boys as well when talking about cricket and bouncing ideas off each other.
“That’s what you want from an overseas player. Everything about him has been positive. We’re absolutely delighted to have him here.”
Yorkshire’s players were given three days off ahead of a return to training tomorrow. The current division one leaders’ next match is against Sussex at Hove next Wednesday.
It is likely that by the time they come to play that fixture, they will no longer be leading the way in the Championship title race because second-placed Durham start their game in hand at home to Sussex today only five and a half points behind.
Meanwhile, Headingley will host the fifth one-day international of five between England and India next summer (Friday September 5).
Headingley, guaranteed international cricket until at least 2019, will also host the second Test between England and Sri Lanka, starting on Friday, June 20.
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