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Final any other game for both sides, reckons Williamson

  • Published at 09:11 pm July 13th, 2019
New Zealand's Kane Williamson briefs the media in London Saturday Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik from London

In the pre-final press conference Saturday in London, Kane Williamson was his usual calm self, saying they, alongside the home side, will treat the final like any other game

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson often displays a poker face in the most heated of moments, and despite the grand occasion of their World Cup final against England Sunday at Lord’s in London, the Kiwi skipper refused to show any excitement.

In the pre-final press conference Saturday in London, Williamson was his usual calm self, saying they, alongside the home side, will treat the final like any other game.

Here are the excerpts of Williamson’s presser:

Kane, do you subscribe to the theory that it's better to have played in a final than not and apart from the obvious in terms of the result, what do you still hope to do differently this time around?

Yeah, well, there's a whole heap of different things, I suppose. 

We were in a different part of the world on a different surface against a different opposition, and both sides are very different from four years ago, so it's kind of hard to compare those times.

Whether having had experience in a final or not is a good thing. 

Any final you get the opportunity to play in is a really positive thing. 

But at the same time as we know in this game nothing promises, so it does come down to putting a performance on the board that gives us the best opportunity to win and both sides will be very much looking to do that and trying to treat the game as any other game.

But it's a really exciting, special occasion and I think both teams will be savoring the opportunity to be where we are at the moment.

Can you tell us about the importance of the first 10 overs? With Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow, if they can stay longer, they are damaging the opposition?

Yeah, those two have been fantastic throughout this whole competition and prior as well. 

And I think we mentioned before, there's a whole - there are a number of other parts to perhaps playing in a World Cup final. 

But there is a huge amount of respect for the match-winners that they have within their side, obviously the top of the order and throughout.

But the focus for us is very much about the cricket that we want to play and the performance we want to put on the board and if we do that, we have seen throughout this competition that anybody can beat anybody.

Are you any more relaxed at all this time around?

Four years ago, how did I feel? (Smiling) Yeah, I don't know, it's just very different. 

We have a very different group, a slightly different, I guess, vibe and ethos and how we operate, but at the same time there's a real commitment to that which is a really positive thing and it's held us in good stead to this point, so the focus for us is about the cricket that we want to play and we want to be proud of the performance that we put on the board.

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