ENG v. NZ: England to use nip-backer against Kane Williamson

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Captain of New Zealand Kane Williamson may be the first test batsman in the ICC rankings, but England are confident that it will pull it out in a series of two tests, which begins at Lord’s on Wednesday. The English bowling alley plans to jingle him with deliveries that deviate before returning him to catch his right foot before the weekend.

“It looks like removing it away from it, pulling it through the crease and then using the presser to make it lbw is a solid option,” bowling Ollie Robinson told the media on Monday.

“This will be Plan A, and if he gets a few more, we have a few Plans B and C in the background,” Robinson added.

England are imagining getting Williamson out early for a reason. The New Zealand batsman has poor results in England, averaging 30.87. In comparison, his average career is 54.31. New Zealand’s No. 3 batsman has scored 247 runs in four test matches in England.

However, the only hundred of Williamson (132 in 2015) in England came to Lord’s, the place for the first test. His next best score in England – 60 – was also at Lord’s.

England will be missed by Joffra Archer, Ben Stokes, Chris Wax and Sam Quran, who are resting on their arrival from the Indian Premier League. That could pave the way for the tall six-foot-four-foot Robinson to take the first test.

“The fact that I know them quite well from playing with them in Sussex [Taylor] and Yorkshire [Williamson], that probably makes it a little easier, “Robinson said.

“It may be harder on the first day, I may have a few nerves, but [aggression] it’s my way of fighting it, taking my thoughts elsewhere and getting into the game, “he said.



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