Former New Zealand cricketer Danny Morrison has suggested overuse could be a factor in Kane Williamson’s ongoing struggle with injury.
Williamson, currently playing for the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League in the United Arab Emirates, was in the usual position to treat a troubling hip / groin injury, and was forced to miss the team’s win over the Rajasthan Royals on Friday.
It is a similar issue that saw the Black Hat captains miss five of the T20 national team’s matches against England last season and with the Black Hats’ new campaign set to kick off in just five weeks, they want to make sure their captain is ready to leave.
Speaking to Martin Devlin of Newstalk ZB, Morrison stated that the number of crickets played recently could be a factor in how often Williamson has had injury problems.
“I was just wondering if, in terms of the amount of cricket these guys have been playing lately, playing around in all the different genres … I’m not surprised it’s taking its toll,” Morrison said.
“Kane, who really pushed himself and the bat for an unbelievable time, he played all the formats. So when I see that, there’s something to be given. Does he have a weak back – and of course the back can affect the hamstring. You and your groin; your whole center of movement and all of that area – he’s got a real problem.
At the moment I think he is still very sick and very tight.
In seven rounds during the IPL this season, Williamson has impressed with an average of 36. Last Monday, his most recent appearance, he was seen struggling to run between the goals, although he was still able to score a respectable 29 previously sacked by Black Caps teammate Lockie Ferguson .
The Black Caps season takes place next month, with the first of three T20s against West Indies in Auckland on 27 November.