Kane Williamson targets Headingley response in win-or-bust Test

Last Updated: 22/05/13 8:25pm

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New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson is hoping the return of Daniel Vettori can inspire the Black Caps to a series-levelling victory over England at Headingley.

Left-arm spin bowler Vettori is expected to return to the Kiwis' starting Test line-up for the first time since July 2012 after fellow slow bowler Bruce Martin was forced to fly home due to injury.

Vettori, 34, has played 112 Tests for New Zealand and Williamson admits his arrival in England has boosted morale in the touring camp following a 170-run defeat at Lord's.

He told Sky Sports: "It's great to have Dan back. Getting him into the squad brings that presence and that experience that the boys feed off. It would be great if he does get out there."

New Zealand would have fancied their chances of arriving in Leeds with a 1-0 lead after being set a victory target of 239 at the Home of Cricket.

However Stuart Broad swiftly dashed any such hopes with a stunning spell of seam bowling, claiming a career-best haul of 7-44 as the Kiwis crashed to 68 all out.

Reflecting on the opening Test defeat, Williamson added: "It was a disappointing feeling, just an hour of poor cricket. Keeping it in perspective, the last Test (in Auckland) and the first three days of that (Lord's) Test were fantastic for us as a team so I think it's important that we keep reflecting on the positives moving forward as a unit.

"We had a great chance of winning (at Lord's) but the English bowlers bowled really well on that last morning and taught us a few lessons in terms of areas to bowl over here so that was a challenge we didn't live up to.

"Hopefully those lessons have been learnt heading into the next match."


New Zealand seamer Neil Wagner plans to continue his aggressive approach at Headingley and singled out Jonathan Bairstow and Nick Compton as under pressure members of England's batting line-up.

"I think it's about getting into a guy's face. It's about irritating them; make them really angry; make them look at you and think 'I really do want to hit this guy for four'."
Neil Wagner

"I like to look for little battles, to create something," said the left-armer, who claimed four wickets at Lord's.

"I think it's about getting into a guy's face. It's about irritating them; make them really angry; make them look at you and think 'I really do want to hit this guy for four'.

"You have just got to get them to the point where they really hate you. When you get to that point you sometimes make them think about something else - a split second of concentration lapse that could give you a wicket.

"Bairstow does have a bit of that (pressure) at the moment. Compton is looking to find his feet a bit and he played a rash shot in the first innings out of nowhere, just tried to run down the wicket and charge one.

"We can obviously thrive on that and try to put a bit of pressure on."

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