Williamson raring to go after fatigue break
Newly appointed Blackcaps Test captain, Kane Williamson, says he feels fine after taking a brief break from cricket to combat mental fatigue.
Williamson is set to become New Zealand's 29th Test captain when his team take on Zimbabwe in Bulawayo on July 28.
The skipper went on a self imposed break while playing county cricket in England and has outlined the importance of taking a break for international cricketers.
The 25-year-old joined up with the rest of the squad in Pretoria this week and told stuff.co.nz: "I feel fine. I think part and parcel with cricket, international cricket in particular, these days is you're managing your time so you're staying as fresh as possible with the cricket coming up,
"It was a choice. I was looking at all the cricket coming up and it was important to take that little bit of time off which was something we managed well within the group within the international calender with many players having some time off."
Also joining up with the squad after a stint in England will be former captain, Ross Taylor, who rounded off his spell with Sussex in style, as he hit 142 and 68 in a four day game against Kent.
New Zealand face off against Zimbabwe in two Tests in July and August, before crossing the Limpopo river to take on South Africa in a further two Tests.
New Zealand tour squad: Kane Williamson (c), Tom Latham, Martin Guptill, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling, Mitchell Santner, Neil Wagner, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult, Mark Craig, Matt Henry, Doug Bracewell, Luke Ronchi, Jeet Raval.
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