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Simon Doull backs Kane Williamson for longer stay at Yorkshire
A prolonged stay in county cricket with Yorkshire would be the ideal move for Kane Williamson, according to former New Zealand international Simon Doull.
The 23-year-old batsman has been a success in his four LV= County Championship matches as the White Rose overseas player, scoring 320 runs with four half-centuries at an average of 53.33.
Both club and player have spoken about a deal ahead of next summer, and Doull says Yorkshire would be getting a Kiwi legend in the making.
Williamson will play the last match of his current spell against relegated Surrey at the Oval tomorrow.
“This is exactly what Kane needs. I was telling people three or four years ago that he would score more Test runs than any other player who’s played for New Zealand. I still stand by that,” said Doull, an ex-fast bowler and now a commentator.
“The boy’s got incredible talent, and he has a terrific character. No one works harder at their game than Kane Williamson, and he deserves the success that he will get.
“I just think that a full county season, or even two, would do him the world of good.
“He would have the responsibility of being an overseas player, and prolonged time in the middle would be great for him. He just loves to bat.
“The stint at Gloucester was good for him. But now that he’s played more international cricket, he’s got a better idea of what he needs to do to succeed.
“He can work on those in county cricket at Yorkshire if that’s what he chooses to do.
“He will train hard and be the ultimate professional, both for himself and for the team.”
New Zealand have a two-month tour of the West Indies pencilled in from mid-May next year.
Meanwhile, Yorkshire director of professional cricket Martyn Moxon has quashed rumours linking Joe Sayers with Leicestershire as a replacement for outgoing captain Matthew Hoggard. There is also a suggestion that Josh Cobb could come the other way.
Yorkshire have been drawn in group ‘A’ of next year’s 50-over competition alongside Roses rivals Lancashire.
The top four teams in the two nine-team groups will qualify for the quarter-finals. Teams will play each other once with four home and away games.
Group ‘A’: Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Essex, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Lancashire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Worcestershire.
The NatWest Twenty20 will also be two North and South groups of nine.
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