Hesson: Williamson doesn’t lose his cool

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New Zealand coach Mike Hesson says Australia can try to bore batsman Kane Williamson into giving his wicket away in the third Test, but that such a tactic probably won't work.

Australia paceman Peter Siddle has opined that a good way to remove Williamson, who is on song with the bat, will be to bowl very tightly in Adelaide and make Williamson lose his cool and hit out.

But Hesson says that the 25-year-old is one of the calmest players in the world, and he will be able to play each and every ball on its merits, without getting flustered.

Hesson said on Thursday: "Many sides have tried different things against Kane – some have been more successful than others.

"Kane will just do the same thing he does normally, watch the ball and just see what happens.

"He's playing well. He's a really unflustered sort of character. I don't think he will have read it (Siddle's comments).

"He never gets too far ahead of himself, so you'd never know whether he got a hundred in the last game or missed out.

"He's in a good space."

The coach added of Williamson's sterling recent record of five tons in seven Tests: "He's averaged over 60 for two years all around the world, against some very good attacks.

"We've been lucky enough to see him adapt his game to different conditions. He's a very fine young player and one of the best in the world. We're lucky to have him in our side."

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