Kane Williamson’s omission from the first ODI against Sri Lanka was a concerning news for New Zealand fans. The batting sensation has been in the form of his life in the last 12-18 months. It was later revealed that omitting Williamson was just a precautionary measure. In the first ODI at the Hagley Oval, Williamson was replaced by southpaw Tom Latham and as a result, Henry Nicholls made his ODI debut for the Blackcaps.
However, Williamson’s absence made no adverse difference to New Zealand as the hosts simply crushed a helpless Sri Lankan unit. New Zealand chased down a below par target of 189 in just 21 overs as skipper Brendon McCullum and opener Martin Guptill went about the demolition job in style.
Williamson reiterated that his knee injury was not anything serious but just a precautionary measure. The star Kiwi batsman said that owing to a packed international schedule, taking rest was not an ideal option. Thus, he opted out in the first ODI against Sri Lanka.
“Unfortunately with the playing schedule that we have, it just needs a little bit of rest to try and get it right. Hopefully it’s 100 per cent going into the summer,” Williamson said.