In the three-match Test series between New Zealand and Bangladesh, it was the Kiwis who registered the win by an innings and 52 runs to get the lead. But it was captain Kane Williamson who stood out once again for his nation as he scored his second double hundred in his international career to add further misery on the Bangladesh cricket team.
Williamson is considered one the finest batsmen in today’s day and age, and the head coach of the New Zealand team - Craig McMillan also expressed his delight of watching Williamson portray his brilliance with the bat, through a mellowed down approach which truly makes him a gem of a player in modern day cricket.
"He is just so good that he goes about his work with minimal fuss," McMillan said. "But he scores just as quickly as anyone in world cricket. It allows other guys to play like they did today. He plays cricket shots and he is tough to bowl at because he plays all around the wicket. Bowlers only have to err a fraction with Kane, and he hurts them.
"It takes a lot of hard work behind the scenes. It was sublime today; whenever the Bangladeshi players missed he hurt them. He was very efficient when they offered scoring opportunities. There were partnerships that we spoke about in the batting group. Terrific for Williamson to get 200, but there were other significant contributions as well," the New Zealand coach expressed.
McMillan also added further detail by talking about the stability that a current lot of New Zealand player offers on the table, like Williamson, Latham, and Henry Nicholls were included in the ICC Test team of the year, while the pace duo of Tim Southee and Trent Boult were among the top 10 in the Test bowler rankings.
"It is very pleasing to be consistent with bat and ball. I think it has shown in where we rank in Test cricket at the moment. I think we have been [a] consistent performer for a number of years. To have three guys in the ICC Test side of the year, was very pleasing. Trent and Tim are among the top ten bowlers. So we have a number of performers in our side, and not reliant on one or two," he further added.
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