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We don’t really have a choice what people call us: Williamson

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The lack of a favorites tag doesn’t bother New Zealand captain Kane Williamson, who says they ‘don’t really have a choice of what people call’ the runners-up team from the last edition before the Cup of the T20 world.

New Zealand reached the T20 World Cup final in the United Arab Emirates last year where they lost to Australia.
After losing the 2019 World Cup by the narrowest of margins to England, New Zealand won the inaugural ICC Test Championship title, beating India in the final last year. However, despite their consistency in recent years, an ICC title in limited overs cricket remains elusive.

“Yeah, I mean, we don’t really have a choice what people call us, but for us, we’ve come here and try to focus on the cricket we want to play and respond to what’s ahead of us,” Williamson said at the captains’ press conference on Saturday.

The modest Kiwi added: “We had quite a memorable World Cup a few months ago and faced these guys in the final. It was a great cricket match, and these kinds of tournaments are always pretty special.

“Everyone has different tags and rankings that go up and down throughout the year, and I guess they end up with different names. But you come here in tournament sport any day , anything can happen, especially looking at all these teams with match winners throughout. New Zealand have a terrific record at ICC events. They’ve reached the last two World Cup finals, finished third or better at the last two T20 World Cups and won the first Test World Championship.

Since finishing second at the last T20 World Cup, New Zealand have recorded a series of favorable results, including a series victory against the West Indies. However, they lost to Pakistan in a three-game final on Friday in Christchurch.

The Kiwis will play two warm-up matches, one against South Africa and India on October 17 and 19 respectively before the main tournament.

New Zealand will open their campaign against defending champions Australia in Sydney on October 22.

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