Kingston, Jamaica: Kane Williamson, the New Zealand batsman named as stand-in captain for the injured Ross Taylor, believes he has the ability to lead his country.
The 21-year-old will become New Zealand’s youngest ODI captain on Friday when the ODI series against West Indies starts, and though he understands it will only be for a short duration as the vice-captain Brendon McCullum will join the team mid-way through their Caribbean tour, Williamson hopes he can assume the role on a longer basis in the future.
"He's obviously been the vice captain in the Test team when he was there and no doubt for the one-dayers when he's around, so I'd imagine it would be up until that time," Williamson told reporters on Tuesday.
Kane Williamson has been named stand-in skipper in Ross Taylor’s absence but believe he can lead on a full-time basis.
Taylor’s injury in Florida last weekend meant Williamson was thrust into the leadership role for the second Twenty20 against West Indies. He oversaw a 61-run drubbing that handed West Indies the short series 2-0, but took positives from the captaincy experience while promising a stronger performance in the West Indies.
"It was a shame obviously to lose in the fashion we did in the first game but I certainly enjoyed captaining that game and felt reasonably comfortable with the lads in the team and leading them in that way,” said Williamson. "It is nice to have a few more days of preparation for this next game and hopefully things will be a little smoother throughout the park and all the lads will know their roles etc. It's obviously a slightly longer format so it won't be as intense.”
Williamson has been a captain at the age-group level in New Zealand and was named captain for English county Gloucestershire for four matches recently, and believe he could lead at the highest level. "I think I have my own outlook at times on the game and on cricket. I think it's important you be yourself because any other way is not quite believable,” he said.
"Leading by example as a captain for any leader in a side is the most important thing and obviously backing that up with messages that are deliberate. And having a good relationship with Rosco while he's out and the coach John Wright so everyone is on the same page and we're moving forward and improving."