24 Mar 2010

Teenager confident he's up to the demands of test cricket

5:45 pm on 24 March 2010

The Northern Districts teenager Kane Williamson believes he's ready to make his test cricket debut, despite past players, such as Martin Crowe, urging the selectors hold off picking him for the current series against Australia.

There's little doubt the 19-year-old batsman has the ability having averaged over 100 in the Plunket Shield this year but the question is whether making his test debut against Australia's the best move.

Williamson's the only change to the Black Caps squad for the second test starting in Hamilton in the wake of the first test loss in Wellington and fills the left by the injured bowler Darryl Tuffey.

Williamson says he hasn't listened to much of the debate over whether or not he should be introduced at test level but feels he's up to it and is excited at the possiblity of playing against the players he's admired such as Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke.

The Black Caps have yet to finalise their playing eleven.