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.
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."