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Kane Williamson Backs New Zealand's Aggressive Approach

Kane Williamson Backs New Zealand's Aggressive Approach
Kane Williamson has backed New Zealand's aggressive approach in the knock-out stages of the 2015 World Cup.
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New Zealand batting sensation Kane Williamson has backed his team to continue their aggressive approach when they take on West Indies in the World Cup quarter-final on Saturday in Wellington.

The 24-year-old shrugged off the assumptions that New Zealand’s aggressive strategy could backfire on them during the knockout stages of the tournament.

"I think it is important that you are relaxed and calm and play with that freedom," said Williamson.

"When you do, you play your best cricket. We're looking to do that in this next game.”

New Zealand have dominated the league stage with their aggressive approach having won all the six games.

Underlining the aggressive intent as New Zealand’s strength Williamson dwelt on the need to maintain composure in aggression during the knockout stages.

"It's important that we look at it with the freedom, and play with that and go into those high pressure situations and express our skills.

"This is a one-off game and we need to play with that freedom and sort of calm aggression.

"We've got a lot of match winners and everyone's looking forward to this game."

After having strangled opponents with their fiery pace attack in the first five games New Zealand faced their first real test against Bangladesh in their final league match eventually conceding 288 runs in the 50 overs.

Chasing a challenging target for the first time in the tournament New Zealand’s batsmen were tested initially before eventually completing a three-wicket win.

Williamson expressed happiness at having won a tough game ahead of the quarter-finals and sounded optimistic of building on the confidence during the crunch moments of the tournament.

"It was nice to get a win over Bangladesh and chase down a big total.

"I suppose it was in slightly scrappy fashion, but I guess that's also a positive for us.

"We've played six games in pool play and every game has been very different, so I suppose it's nice to have all those experiences going into this quarter-final match.”

If New Zealand manage to edge past West Indies in the quarter-final on 21st March the tournament co-hosts will play their semi-final at home in Auckland on 24th March.

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