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Play with freedom, Williamson tells off-colour NZ batsmen

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Published on July 8, 2019 - Duration: 01:30s

Play with freedom, Williamson tells off-colour NZ batsmen

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson says his frontline batsmen should play with freedom as they prepare to face India in the Cricket World Cup.

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Play with freedom, Williamson tells off-colour NZ batsmen

SHOWS: MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UK (JULY 8, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) NEW ZEALAND CAPTAIN, KANE WILLIAMSON, ON INDIAN THREAT SAYING: "The Indian bowling attack is an outstanding bowling attack, with certainly a lot of world class operators in there.

As a side they are very well balanced with a lot of high quality players.

I guess it's one of those occasions where every team has worked so hard to end up in the last four where to a certain extent it all starts again, the day comes and anything can happen.

All the sides have beaten one another on a number of occasions over the past years so it's a really exciting opportunity for all teams." 2.

NEW ZEALAND CAPTAIN, KANE WILLIAMSON, CATCHING AND THROWING BALL DURING TEAM TRAINING SESSION 3.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) NEW ZEALAND CAPTAIN, KANE WILLIAMSON, ON WHETHER THEY ARE UNDERDOGS, SAYING: "We had a couple of tough losses coming into this part of the tournament, but we do need to look at those for what they were and there were a lot of factors there that were stiff challenges, just not the opposition but conditions as well and trying to adapt to those as best you can is the most important thing.

Whether we are underdogs or not, it kind of doesn't really matter it's about how we turn up tomorrow and look to commit to the plans we want to implement and try to go out and play with that freedom." 4.

ROSS TAYLOR CATCHING AND THROWING BALL 5.

SQUAD STRETCHING AHEAD DURING TEAM TRAINGN SESSION STORY: STORY: New Zealand captain Kane Williamson encouraged his frontline batsmen to play with freedom in Tuesday's (July 9) semi-final against India to overcome their struggle for rhythm in the Cricket World Cup.

Not surprisingly, Williamson is New Zealand's leading scorer after the group stage with 481 runs from eight matches at a 96-plus average.

The next Kiwi batsman in that list is veteran Ross Taylor, way down with 261 runs and an average of 37.28.

Williamson said his fellow batsmen had struggled to adjust to diverse English conditions where a winning total can vary greatly according to the state of the pitch on the day.

Williamson denied New Zealand were too reliant on him to give their bowlers a decent, defendable total.

New Zealand finished their group campaign with a hat-trick of defeats but still claimed the last semi-final berth.

The 2015 finalists will hope to begin afresh on Tuesday, their captain said.

"It all starts again where the day comes and anything can happen and all sides have beaten one another on a number of occasions throughout the last few years, so it is a really exciting opportunity for all teams," Williamson told a news conference at Old Trafford.

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