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T20 World Cup 2021: Coach Gary Stead says New Zealand wrestled rust in warm-up games

World Test Championship winners New Zealand suffered a 13-run loss at the hands of England in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday, followed by a thrilling final over win against Australia on Monday and a six-run win over Netherlands last weekend. “Really, three games for us is about giving everyone some match time, making sure we’ve got people in their roles, and also managing our bowlers. Three in five days The games may not seem like much but when you have the heat and humidity that he has, it’s great.”

Stead said captain Kane Williamson was rested from the England game due to an elbow injury. “Kane’s elbow (Aus) got a little sore after the match, so today was more precautionary than anything, we think if we can prepare him the right way and not overdo it in training, So that gives him the best chance of getting it right. Tournament. I think overall, we’re on track really well.”

Stead said New Zealand Perhaps spinners Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi, three seamers, will enable Glenn Phillips as a spin-bowling all-rounder and another all-rounder to bowl at pace.

An exception could be in Sharjah, he said, where the conditions are expected to be the toughest to bat on. The Black Caps will start their campaign against Pakistan in Sharjah and will also play a qualifier at the venue in their fourth Super 12 match.

New Zealand will play their last three group matches in a span of five days and Stead said it was conceivable that Williamson might have to rest at some point in that period. “There is always such an opportunity, but we are still quite hopeful and confident that if we get (their) rest now, he should be right to play,” he said.

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