Cricket

Williamson rues 'decider' factor after short series

2016-08-31 14:09
Kane Williamson (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - New Zealand captain Kane Williamson conceded that the Proteas deserved to win the second Test at SuperSport Park, but wished the series had been more than two Tests after the drama in Durban.

The first Test at Kingsmead ended in a draw after nearly four days were lost due to a soggy outfield. This meant the second Test was a decider, and the Proteas made the most of it by winning on day four.

Williamson, in his first overseas captaincy role since taking the job, lamented the truncated series: "It's a shame, really, to just play the one Test and for that to be the decider.

"The better team won but it would have been great to play another game or another two."

Williamson also conceded that he'd got the toss decision wrong, having opted to bowl, and that the bowlers compounded that decision by bowling too short and allowing the Proteas a century opening stand, which set the tone for the match.

He added: "It was a good toss to lose and unfortunately I won it. Naturally when they are 130 without loss, it crosses your mind.

"But there was enough in the wicket to have restricted them to a below-par total. History shows wickets fall in clumps and we weren't able to do that."

He added of the short bowling: "You're right. That first session, we were a little short."

Despite all this, Williamson is enjoying leading the side, having taken over from Brendon McCullum after he retired earlier this year.

"It is very enjoyable. They're a great bunch of guys and it's nice to be a part of this unit and lead the side. It's better when you are winning," he said.

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