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Kane Williamson to lead New Zealand in Tests

Kane Williamson to lead New Zealand in Tests
Kane Williamson has scored 4037 runs from 48 Tests at an average of 49.23.
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New Zealand's prolific batsman Kane Williamson has been announced as the skipper of the Black Caps in Tests and he will become the 34th captain to lead the country in any full international format.

The decision comes as no surprise after Brendon McCullum announced his international retirement in February and the 34-year-old had already tipped Williamson to take over the high profile role.

Williamson now will lead New Zealand in all the three formats and had a reasonably successful ICC World Twenty20 tournament in India where the Black Caps reached the semi-final.

David White, the New Zealand Cricket CEO, announced the decision while labeling Williamson as one of the most capable persons for leading the New Zealand team.

"Kane has been a leader within the team for a long time now and already shown himself to be an extremely capable captain," said White.

"He's respected by his peers and the wider cricket community for his professional approach both on and off the field, and has a superb cricket brain.

"His drive to see the team succeed and his passion for the game are what you look for in a leader. He's ready for the role and will only continue to grow."

Williamson has captained New Zealand in nine One-Day Internationals and 17 T20Is and has managed to win nine and 11 games respectively.

Currently, the 25-year-old is part of the Sunrisers Hyderabad team in the Indian Premier League 2016 and is yet to feature on this year’s edition.

Delighted on becoming the third-youngest player to lead New Zealand in the longer format, Williamson hoped for the support from the experienced players around as another exciting season is around for the Black Caps.

"It's certainly an honour. I've really enjoyed my time spent as captain and believe this team can achieve a lot," said Williamson.

"I'm lucky to have a number of experienced players around me for support and will certainly look to utilise this.

“We're all striving for the same thing and that's to represent New Zealand with pride and win cricket games."

Williamson also took an opportunity to praise McCullum and the coach Mike Hesson for creating a healthy atmosphere in the dressing room.

"I've certainly learnt a lot from Brendon, as has everyone who has played with him.

"The culture that he and Mike have cultivated has been a huge part of this team's success in recent times.

“We not only have good players, but good people too and that certainly makes any captain's job easier."

New Zealand's next international assignment will be in July where they will be playing two Tests each in South Africa and Zimbabwe.

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