Kane Williamson Would Have Played If He Was Match Fit, Says Trevor Bayliss

Kane Williamson Would Have Played If He Was Match Fit, Says Trevor Bayliss

Kane Williamson SPORTZPICS/Instagram
Kane Williamson SPORTZPICS/Instagram

Trevor Bayliss, Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) head coach has said that Kane Williamson, who missed out on the team’s IPL 2021 opener vs KKR, would have played ahead of Jonny Bairstow if he was fit enough. Jonny Bairstow though scored an impressive fifty on Sunday. His 55 off 40 balls kept SRH in the hunt to win the match which they eventually lost by 10 runs.

SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) head coach Trevor Bayliss revealed that Kane Williamson did not play in the team’s IPL 2021 opener versus Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) because the SRH team management thought of giving the New Zealand captain ‘extra time’ to gain match fitness.

SRH coach Trevor Bayliss (Photo/ iplt20.com)
SRH coach Trevor Bayliss (Photo/ iplt20.com)

Trevor Bayliss: SRH Team Management Felt Kane Williamson Needed A Little Bit Of Extra Time To Get Match Fit

Further, the Australia coach said that if fit, Kane Williamson would have played in place of England star Jonny Bairstow. Notably, Jonny Bairstow hit an impressive 40-ball 55 and his 92 runs partnership with Manish Pandey for the third wicket after SRH lost both their openers David Warner and Wriddhiman Saha inside 3 overs of the 188-run chase, kept SRH in the hunt for an unlikely win.

“We just felt that Kane needed a little bit of extra time to get match fit and a little bit more time in the nets. He would have played in place of Jonny Bairstow obviously if that had occurred. But we aren’t too perturbed about that, Jonny has been in form recently in white-ball cricket here in India. Kane will obviously come into calculations as the tournament unfolds,” Trevor Bayliss said in the post-match press conference after SRH lost Sunday’s match by 10 runs.

Jonny Bairstow
Jonny Bairstow Image Source: IPL.COM

Kane Williamson came into the IPL off the back of an elbow injury that ruled him out of the ODI series against Bangladesh. In his last competitive appearances, more than a month ago, he endured a string of three single-digit scores against Australia. His replacement, Jonny Bairstow, meanwhile came off a fruitful ODI series against India in similar conditions.

SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH), the Indian Premier League franchise, had appointed Trevor Bayliss as their head coach after parting ways with Tom Moody in July 2019. Notably, under the guidance of Tom Moody, SRH managed to reach the playoffs five times in seven years. The appointment of Trevor Bayliss had come after he helped England claim their maiden World Cup title in 2019.

Kane Williamson’s Elbow Injury Hasn’t Improved And He Needs A Period Of Rest And Rehabilitation To Recover: New Zealand Medical Manager

Kane Williamson had also missed out on the ODI and T20I series against Bangladesh because of the left elbow injury. Kane Williamson had scored 317 runs in 12 games averaging an impressive 45.28 with 3 fifties in IPL 2020.

“Kane’s been managing the elbow injury to varying degrees this summer and unfortunately it hasn’t improved,” Shackel said.

Kane Williamson
Kane Williamson (Photo Credit-Sunrisers Twitter Handle)

“He obviously has a high volume of training and playing across the three formats, which has inhibited his ability to recover. We believe he now needs a period of rest and rehabilitation to get the injury right.

“Time-frames can vary, but we’re hopeful that, after an initial rest, he should be able to begin rehabilitation next week,” New Zealand Cricket medical manager Dayle Shackel had earlier said in a statement.

SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) began their IPL 2021 campaign with a 10-run loss to Kolkata Knight Riders on Sunday night. SRH’s fast bowlers were taken to the cleaners as Nitish Rana starred with a 56-ball 80 that helped KKR post 187/6. SunRisers got off to a nightmare start but half-centuries from Manish Pandey and Jonny Bairstow pushed them closer to the target but couldn’t get them over the line.

There were some strange decisions from the SRH team management during the course of the match, but the one which irked fans the most was the decision to leave out New Zealand superstar Kane Williamson.

Kane Williamson was seen warming the bench at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai with SRH going in with David Warner, Jonny Bairstow, Rashid Khan, and Mohammad Nabi as their four overseas players. SRH will next face RCB on Wednesday.