Stuff – Kane Williamson’s recent struggles with the bat have gone unnoticed by England’s Adil Rashid.


  • The legspinning allrounder, who announced this week he was stepping down from red-ball cricket, asked what he thought of Williamson’s slump ahead of Sunday’s opening one-day international between the two sides.
  • “It didn’t cross my mind because we know Kane’s a world-class player,” said Rashid, who has played county cricket at Yorkshire with the NZ captain.
  • Rashid is one of two members of the England ODI squad for the five-match series starting at Hamilton’s Seddon Park to opt for playing limited-overs cricket only – opener Alex Hales is the other.
  • The 30-year-old, who has played 10 tests, 59 ODIs and 28 T20 internationals, said the decision to put red-ball cricket aside for at least a season was solely his decision.
  • “If my mind or my heart changes, I could be going back to red-ball cricket next season.”

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