The Kiwis return to cricket action in the World Test Championship
after their heartbreaking World Cup defeat to England last month.
Rain in the island nation hasn't helped New Zealand in their
preparation ahead of the two-match series but Williamson expects his
players to rely on their past experience.
"Rain most days, so hasn't been a huge amount of cricket and
preparation. It's important guys pull in their past experiences and just
look forward to the challenge ahead," Williamson said at the toss
"Pulling out the Test blueprints that are important to our game,
despite not getting the build-up to the cricket that we would have liked
beforehand. It's important we make the adjustments quickly."
The Kiwis have opted for two seamers, Trent Boult and Tim Southee,
while leaving out Neil Wagner, who took nine wickets in their last Test
Dimuth Karunaratne-led Sri Lanka have left out Dinesh Chandimal,
despite his recall to the squad after a sixth-month exile, giving
wicketkeeping duties to Niroshan Dickwella.
The hosts have also left out Oshada Fernando and Vishwa Fernando, two
of the heroes from their series win in South Africa in February.
"It's a good turning track. We need to get the basics right and bowl the right line and length," said Karunaratne.
"Last time we played in South Africa, we did really well. We need to keep the momentum and compete with New Zealand."
Dimuth Karunaratne (captain), Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal
Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Kusal Perera, Niroshan Dickwella, Dhananjaya de
Silva, Akila Dananjaya, Lasith Embuldeniya, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru
Kane Williamson (captain), Jeet Raval, Tom Latham, Ross
Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee,
William Somerville, Trent Boult, Ajaz Patel
Umpires: Michael Gough (ENG), Richard Illingworth (ENG)
TV umpire: Bruce Oxenford (AUS)
Match referee: Andy Pycroft (ZIM)