Kane Williamson batting for Northern Districts during the Plunket Shield match against Canterbury at Hagley Oval on October 22.

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Kane Williamson batting for Northern Districts during the Plunket Shield match against Canterbury at Hagley Oval on October 22.

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson says a troublesome hip injury won’t keep him out of test cricket action against England.

Williamson has been rested during the five-game Twenty20 series against England and has batted just four times since the World Cup final in July.

The Black Caps skipper said he will lead his side against England in two home tests; the first starting at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui on November 21.

“It’s been an ongoing niggle, really,” Williamson told Sky Sport about his injury during New Zealand’s defeat in the fourth T20I at Napier.

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“That comes at goes. It is settling, which is nice.

“A lot of [the last few months] has been rehab to get the hip right. I had a four-dayer recently and there’s a gap between this series and the first test, so it’s basically training going into it,” said Williamson, who trained with the NZ T20 squad in Napier.

Coach Gary Stead and New Zealand captain Kane Williamson.

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Coach Gary Stead and New Zealand captain Kane Williamson.

The 29-year-old played for Northern Districts in their Plunket Shield outing against Canterbury in late October, making 26 in his only innings, and said that hit-out and the right mental approach will help have him ready for the five-day battles against England, with the second test in Hamilton from November 29 to December 2.

“A lot of it is mindset,” he said, “so trying to get that right, trying to prepare as well as well as you can to give yourself the best chance.

“I guess if you’re looking at preparation and perfect preparation, gametime can be nice – spending time in the middle – but it’ll be tough to come by seeing as there’s not a lot of cricket between now and then. So it’s just trying to get the mindset right to go on and execute your plans as well as you can.”

 

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