Prior to hosting India this week, Captain Kane Williamson speaks with TOI of Wellington about players choosing formats and challenges in building a team with three formats.
New Zealand have decided to go with a full strength team for this series within a week of the T20 World Cup, with most teams looking for breaks…
I’m probably not the person to answer that. Obviously, right after finishing a big event, you want to know what the next period looks like. There will be a few players who will be in and around. They are going to gain experience. Playing India is something special.
Do you think players will choose formats depending on which World Cup is coming up?
Players love to play in those big events. It is up to the individual to make decisions about their own career – what they love and prefer. You always see after big events that players make certain decisions. I’m not sure, but there will be some movement after the event. With the moving scenery we get to see, players have made some decisions and Trent (Boult) is a big part of our team has done that and while he is still available he has a few other things to focus on.
Are players of all sizes becoming a rarity?
It is again up to the individual. As a captain you have no preference for players you prefer. Commitment and desire to play all three formats is beneficial to learning and understanding your game. They all offer different things. That depends on the cricket coming up and what your immediate focus is with the amount of cricket. You see a lot of players having to make decisions about which formats they might like to play a little bit more.
How hard is it to build a team with so many different formats?
That’s a challenge. The idea or the role of captain has certainly changed. You have to keep in mind that you don’t have the same team day in and day out. A few years ago it was a team of 15 who wanted to do everything. Now you have bigger teams because you don’t have all sizes of players. The effort put into creating an environment is very important because it only takes away specific formats. It’s a challenge how quickly you bounce from game to game and go to the next format two days later in another format and do it all over again in a different country.
How does a captain plan his breaks in this scenario?
The other part of the schedule presented to us is that when you have a few days off, you have other players who have that experience to take on the leadership role. That is very important and good for them.
How long does it take to rebuild after a World Cup?
After big events there are a few changes because you tend to work backwards a bit. As a team that wants to focus on what you’ll be doing at the same time, this is a pretty good way to prepare. I don’t like the idea of preparing now for what could happen a year from now.
(India’s New Zealand tour is live on Amazon Prime Video from November 18)