Kane Williamson keen to open batting for both Yorkshire and New Zealand

Kane Williamson. Picture by Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com

Kane Williamson. Picture by Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com

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KANE WILLIAMSON says he is comfortable opening the batting in Twenty20 cricket, both for club and country.

The classy New Zealand batsman has only started facing the new ball regularly this year, both for the Black Caps at the World Twenty20 through March and now for Yorkshire.

He started his T20 career for both home state Northern Districts and his country batting in the middle order, but looks to have found consistency as an opener.

Williamson opened briefly for Northern Districts in 2012 with limited success, but his last ten scores as an opener for Yorkshire and NZ have been 17, 24 not out, 51, 29, 42 19, 37, 5, 41 and 24.

“Having that clear role has helped me,” said 23-year-old right-hander. “In the New Zealand team my role is relatively clear, which is a good thing to have as a batsman.

“It’s the same here with the Yorkshire side. In fact, we have a whole bunch of guys in the squad who have clear, defined roles.

“I haven’t opened the batting for a massive amount of time, but the more you play of it, the more you learn and understand what your game is best suited to. It’s going okay for me at the moment.”

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