Aggression gave us edge: Williamson

Kane Williamson looked neither too excited nor too intimidated during his first interaction as a Test player as he reflected on his magnificent 131 against India in the first Test.

“Coming here, we knew that spin was going to be the key aspect we were going to come up against, so we prepared for that,” the 20-year-old revealed. “Personally, I focussed on getting my head around trying to work out my game in these conditions, and sticking to my game was the key.

“I actually just tried to bat the same today as yesterday,” he said of his tactics when he resumed Sunday on 87 not out. “I was disciplined, but if there was a ball to put away, I tried to do that.”

New Zealand stand on the brink of a famous victory, and Williamson said the three wickets in five overs to tea had really geed the team up.

“We gained a lot of momentum from those three wickets, they are very good players, obviously. We came back out after the break with the same intensity and picked up three more wickets. Our focus was really great and we hope to continue that. At the interval, the boys were looking to get out there as quickly as possible!”

Paying handsome compliments to senior pro Chris Martin, who undermined India with a terrific burst, Williamson went on, “We played some aggressive cricket and the way the wicket is deteriorating, we thought there definitely was going to be a result. When Chris was bowling, the ball wasn’t doing too much, but if you put in the right areas, you are bound to get the results.

“It was a superb effort by Chris because we had only the one seamer in our side in the second innings.”

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