Black Caps batsman Kane Williamson nursing finger injury against Sri Lanka video

MARK TAYLOR FAIRFAXMEDIA NZ

Kane Williamson looks ahead to the second test against Sri Lanka at Hamilton's Seddon Park.

Kane Williamson has been nursing a finger injury since the first test match against Australia in Brisbane in early November.

The world's number three ranked test batsman struggled with the injury during the first test against Sri Lanka in Dunedin last week, moving from his regular fielding position in gully seemingly because of it.

Despite it giving discomfort when fielding and at times with the bat in hand, Williamson is yet to get the injury checked out by medical staff, and admits it may well be broken.

Kane Williamson is nursing a finger injury, although he is yet to get the finger checked by medical staff.
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Kane Williamson is nursing a finger injury, although he is yet to get the finger checked by medical staff.

"It's okay. It's just part and parcel with cricket, I suppose," he said.

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"You get a few knocks on fingers and when it doesn't get hit, it settles a little bit, gets less sensitive, but it's just something I need to manage."

When asked if the finger was broken, Williamson said he wasn't sure.

"That's a very good question. It's just quite sore. Sometimes [it hurts while batting], but if it settles then it's okay.

"Like I said, it's just something I need to manage. I don't think many people play at 100 per cent every day and it's just the nature of professional sport."

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Any injury to New Zealand's top test batsman is a cause for concern, but Williamson doesn't seem worried about the problem.

He has taken the odd moment out of net training because of the complaint, managing the discomfort as best he can.

Williamson scored 88 and 71 for the Black Caps against Sri Lanka in the first test, despite the finger issue, and another strong performance could push him towards the top of the ICC world rankings for test batsmen.

Currently on 878 points, Williamson trails only Joe Root (886) and AB de Villiers (881) in the rankings.

Not that Williamson cares about those stats.

"Not really. For me, I suppose to be in and around that area means you're hopefully doing well for the side," he said.

"That's what I want to keep doing. There's a whole bunch of stats in the game but I don't really look too closely at them."

The one he did like is New Zealand's run of 12 matches without a loss on New Zealand soil, which he would like to see extended to 13 by close of play Tuesday.

 - Stuff

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