Hesson explains Williamson captaincy

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Sunday's decision to hand batsman Kane Williamson the captaincy for the second Twenty20 International against the West Indies in Dominica typified New Zealand's foresight ahead of next year's World Cup.

Sunday's decision to hand batsman Kane Williamson the captaincy for the second Twenty20 International against the West Indies in Dominica typified New Zealand's foresight ahead of next year's World Cup.

Williamson led the XI instead of regular skipper Brendon McCullum. While the promotion was not an immediate success, as the the Windies won by 39 runs, coach Mike recognised the future value.

"Look, it's something that, if we get to the World Cup and we have an incident, we need to make sure Kane's up to speed. It was an opportunity for us, in a slightly lesser pressure situation, to give him that opportunity," said Hesson.

"And we still put a decent side out on the park instead of playing without Brendon. It's a good experience for him. It's one of those areas that we need to ensure we've got covered come World Cup time."

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The hard-hitting Andre Fletcher's second half-century in as many days – and three key wickets from fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell – was at the fore of the Windies' triumph on Sunday. The Black Caps, meanwhile, rued a second successive failure for new opening batsman Jimmy Neesham and the severe expense of seamer Corey Anderson.

"We weren't sharp with the ball in the middle overs. I don't think we assessed the conditions quite as well as we could have, whereas on Saturday we were outstanding in that area," added Hesson.

"With the bat, it's key for one of our top order to go on and make a big score. The fact that the wicket got slower and turned and bounced a bit, we needed a guy who was set. That we kept losing wickets throughout made it more difficult for us."

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