New Zealand and England are battling in World Twenty20 semi-final today
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson is too familiar with the fickleness of cricket’s shortest format to take his team’s red-hot form for granted going into Wednesday’s (March 30) World Twenty20 semi-final against England.
The Kiwis cruised into the last four as the only unbeaten team in the tournament to book a clash with England who seem to be peaking at the right time.
“I know that going into tomorrow, it’s a big, exciting match but our feet are firmly on the ground and we are going to be wanting to perform our plans as best as we can,” the bearded 25-year-old told reporters in New Delhi on Tuesday (March 29).
Williamson has displayed the tactical flexibility required to win a major tournament by sacrificing pace and gambling with three spinners, a ploy that paid off in the tournament opener against hosts India.
The presence of three left-handers — Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali — in the England lineup could tempt him to try the trick again.
“We need to look at the condition before we decide on our final side. Naturally we’ll consider the track we’re playing on, the ground size and also the opposition and at this stage we are still yet to decide on eleven,” Williamson added.
England have made stunning progress in limited overs cricket over the last year and the current World Twenty20 squad have much in common with the champion 2010 side, skipper Eoin Morgan said ahead of the match.