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Williamson Might Return for Indore Test, Hints NZL Bowling Coach

Kane Williamson missed the second test match at Kolkata due to illness.

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Kane Williamson missed the second test at Kolkata due to illness. (Photo: AP)

New Zealand bowling coach Shane Jurgensen on Thursday hinted that skipper and prolific batsman Kane Williamson will play the third Test, which kiwis need to win to salvage some pride.

Williamson did well in the Kanpur Test with scores of 75 and 25 but he missed the second Test in Kolkata due to illness.

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It’s looking positive. Final confirmation on that will probably be tomorrow. We trained today and he did some batting and had a decent hit and a run-around. We will have another look at him tomorrow but it looks positive.
Shane Jurgensen, Bowling Coach, New Zealand

Jugensen was also optimistic about Jimmy Neesham, who missed the first two Tests due to rib injury.

"His ribs have settled down nicely. He has got through quite a few overs in the last week and had an extra bowl the day after the game and another bowl today. He got through five or six overs today no problems," he said.

Asked if they will adopt a different strategy against Indian lower order, which has fetched a lot of crucial runs for the hosts in the series, Jurgensen said they need to try out new things.

Wriddhiman Saha, batting lower down the order, played crucial knocks in each of the innings in the second test match against New Zealand at Kolkata. (Photo: AP)
Wriddhiman Saha, batting lower down the order, played crucial knocks in each of the innings in the second test match against New Zealand at Kolkata. (Photo: AP)
It is certainly an area where the Indian team has been on the improve is that all those guys can bat. I’ve got to look at areas of their weaknesses. Looking at old footage from the past few years they have certainly improved. Ravindra Jadeja is a dangerous player. It is something that tactically we might make some changes around the way we approach that with field placements. It is just taking away what the opposition is comfortable in doing.

Jurgensen also said they are keeping a close watch on the strip for the match.

"We had a brief look at the pitch but it can change a lot in the next 24 hours. We'll have another look at it tomorrow.

“It is something we normally are used to seeing in India but with this rain around we'll keep a close watch on [the pitch] over the next 24 hours."

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