Williamson holds high hopes for Blackcaps seamers

  • 11/01/2017

Blackcaps skipper Kane Williamson is expecting big things from his seamers when the first Test against Bangladesh begins in Wellington on Thursday.

The return of Trent Boult, who missed the second Test against Pakistan last November through injury, had the New Zealand captain rubbing his hands together on Wednesday as he looked at the green Basin Reserve wicket.

Boult played in two of the three ODIs against Bangladesh, and two of the three Twenty20s, and Williamson says the 27-year-old left-armer is looking increasingly sharp.

"In the last T20 he might have hit 145-146 km/h, which is really promising," he said.

"We know that when he's bowling fast and swinging it, he's been one of the best bowlers in the world.

"That's a great sign that he's getting rhythm - he's been bowling really well."

Williamson said Boult and fellow opening bowler Tim Southee were working their way back to top form.

"They've been bowling really well, even though it hasn't been the best they've wanted.

"That's the class of those two, and they're certainly getting back to that point as well."

Williamson expects few surprises from the green-tinged Basin Reserve pitch, which he hopes will do a little early on but should have similar pace and bounce to the standard Wellington wicket.

"It doesn't appear to be too soft," he said.

"As we know, if you don't put the ball in the right area for a period of time, you can score quickly out there.

"There's a challenge with the bat, but also with the ball."

Williamson said it would be dangerous to discount the effectiveness of his slower bowlers at the Basin Reserve.

"Spinners have been known to take wickets on this surface with the extra bounce you can get.

"It's always that balance, and I'm sure there'll be a breeze to deal with, which will be a challenge for both teams."

A key ingredient in New Zealand's batting will come with the performance of Ross Taylor, back in the New Zealand squad after eye surgery.

The 32-year-old right-hander, who scored his 16th century in New Zealand's 138-run second Test win over Pakistan, is poised to equal Martin Crowe's record of 17 which has stood for over 20 years.

Williamson is confident Taylor will have little difficulty finding the form to equal Crowe's tally.

"He's looking really good, had a couple good nets, and its always nice having a senior player like Ross back in the group."

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