Cricket World Cup 2019: Blackcaps captain Kane Williamson expects no issues, despite scattered preparation

Blackcaps captain Kane Williamson isn't expecting any issues with his side, despite a disjointed build-up to the Cricket World Cup.

While other nations have played one-day-international series before the 50-over World Cup, New Zealand's players have been scattered all over the world, playing in the Indian Premier League or English county competition, or with the New Zealand XI.

Before the Blackcaps departed for the UK on Sunday, Williamson felt the scattered preparation would have no impact on his team.

"With the nature of international cricket, you tend to play in different parts of the world and then you come together," he said.

"When one tournament finishes, the build-up begins, so the preparation has been going for a long time.

"There are three formats, and you do try to adapt as well and as quick as you can. We have two warm-up games and the guys are looking forward to those.

"It's a lot of cricket over a long time and it won't be perfect, but it's important that we just try to execute the things we want to, to give ourselves the best chance."

One player who won't be featuring in the pre-tournament fixtures against India and the West Indies on May 25 and 28 respectively is wicketkeeper Tom Latham.

Latham injured his finger playing for the NZ XI and it was in a splint as the team departed.

Williamson said he would be fine for their first match on June 1 against Sri Lanka.

"He [Latham] should be ok. It's recovering quickly, so it is a day-by-day thing.

"He's [just] as excited as all of us to sort of get involved."

The Blackcaps have never won the World Cup, but came close four years ago, when they lost in the final to Australia.

"It's a bit heavy for carry-on, eh... but yeah, that'd be pretty special," said Williamson, about the possibility of returning with the trophy.

"There's a bit of added pressure for the carrot in the end, but it is about trying to play your best cricket day-in, day-out.

"You also expect some parts to be tricky and some pressure to go on, and you look to try to navigate those things as well as you can, rather than hope it all goes perfectly."

Blackcaps' World Cup squad

Kane Williamson (c), Tom Blundell, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor.


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