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Kane Williamson feeling right at home with Yorkshire
Kane Williamson is loving life at Yorkshire – even if things have not gone swimmingly for him or the county in his first two matches.
A golden duck on debut against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge for the 23-year-old New Zealander did not break Yorkshire’s stride as they completed an impressive ten-wicket victory.
And when he did excel with 84 and 97 against Durham at Scarborough, a match which finished on Saturday, he could not prevent a damaging seven-wicket defeat that has opened up the LV= County Championship title race.
Not only was the Test batsman unfortunate to miss out on a hundred, he was also unlucky to finish on the losing side.
Williamson said: “I’m really enjoying it here. They’re a great bunch of lads and great management, which means the culture in the dressing room is good.
“There are challenges (to being an overseas player). You come in as an outsider but the boys here have quickly made me feel very welcome. That’s the most important thing. They’ve done that very well.
“Hopefully we can keep working together as a unit and I can keep contributing, which will help us move forward to what we want to achieve.”
Despite his tender age, Williamson has considerable experience behind him. He has scored three hundreds in 25 Tests, including one on debut against India in 2010, and has 58 limited-overs internationals to his name.
Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie said: “Kane played wonderfully well (against Durham). It would have been nice to see him go on and get three figures but it wasn’t to be.
“Kane’s been outstanding. He’s a fantastic lad who has fitted into the dressing room really well. Everything about him has been positive. We’re absolutely delighted to have him here.”
Meanwhile, Headingley will host the fifth one-day international of five between England and India next summer (Friday, September 5).
The Yorkshire headquarters will also stage the second of two Tests against Sri Lanka from Friday, June 20.