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Kane Williamson taking nowt for granted in Yorkshire title hunt
Yorkshire new boy Kane Williamson insists there is a lot of hard work to do before he can celebrate with an LV= County Championship winner’s medal around his neck.
The New Zealander arrives at Headingley as their new overseas player for the last five matches of the season with the White Rose county in pole position at the top of Division One to claim their first title since 2001.
A middle-order batsman of some repute, he could play less than a third of the season and end up with some silverware as Yorkshire are ten points clear ahead of Wednesday’s trip to Trent Bridge to face Nottinghamshire.
“That would be ideal,” smiled 23-year-old Northern Districts player Williamson, although he is under no illusions that he and his new team-mates will have to put in the hard yards before that becomes a reality.
“Yorkshire are tracking really well. Hopefully I can slide into the team and contribute in some ways to continue that momentum.”
The right-hander is under immediate pressure to perform with Gary Ballance on England Lions duty.
He said: “There’s pressure on everyone. You’re coming to the end of the competition and the team is going very well. We’ve got some big games to come. The pressure’s always on when you’re a front-runner in a competition.
“We need to continue what the boys have been doing and we need to keep looking to move forward and treat every game just one at a time.”
Williamson, who has 25 Test caps and three hundreds at that level, has been back in training in New Zealand with his state for approximately three weeks following a break from the game at the end of the Champions Trophy with the Blackcaps in mid-June.
“It happened very quickly as I’d flown home and I’d been home for a couple of weeks,” said the former Gloucestershire man.
“Overnight almost I’m back on a plane over here playing some more cricket. I’m really excited to be joining a club like Yorkshire.”
Should Williamson impress, it opens up the possibility of him returning on a more regular basis in 2014 surrounding his international commitments, which include a two-month tour to the West Indies from mid-May.
He said: “There’s potential opportunities but I guess you cross those bridges when they are near to eventuating. My focus now is these five games.”
Meanwhile, Phil Jaques is expected to return at Trent Bridge this week after five weeks out with a rib injury.