"Obviously, you get a lot of advice on the way on what to expect and you try to take that into account, but you can't quite expect it eh? It's just so amazing, really, to be there through it, and obviously to have a few days at home has been really, really cool. " New Zealand's skipper, Kane Williamson told the reporters that he is all set for a busy home summer.
"But at the same time, it's nice to get back with the guys and looking forward to getting involved in some of these T20s. There're a lot of guys in the team that now have children. In a lot of ways, you go through the years and you're all the young guys, and now you're not so young, and you have a few other interests. There's a lot of kids in among the team which is really, really cool. It's just an incredibly special experience to have. It's really hard to put words into how you feel and going through it, and the appreciation you have for your wives and partners that are obviously bearing so much of that whole experience."
They've been playing beautifully well and with real energy and the team has changed a bit within the last series and this series, Williamson also told the reporters.
"It has been awesome to see so many new faces step up really, really well. Guys who we've seen in the international scene that has come back in and played with heaps of confidence and that's been really cool to watch. It's great to be back in the fold as a player and catch up with some of the guys and try to build on some of the good work that they've been doing, " said Williamson on the match eve of the 2nd T20I between Pakistan and New Zealand at the Seddon Park in Hamilton on Sunday, 20th December.
New Zealand's head coach, Gary Stead added, " He's quite tired, so a bit bleary-eyed, I think. But, overall he's hitting them well. Just normal Kane - gets about and does his business. It's always nice, I guess when you welcome a new addition into the family and we're all so pleased for Kane and Sarah. Delighted that everything is well and back in with us in the cricket team as well. Those selection headaches are always a good sign - but the big focus is still the World Cup in 11 months' time or something like that, so that's the end goal. But we keep working back from there and that's good that we're creating some good, healthy competition for places. But soon we will get to the point where we actually narrow down what our best team is as well. Every game we do that we get a little bit closer to solving those puzzles. I think teams always get better after the first hit-out and I mean they're still a real quality team and certainly not a team we won't be taking lightly. So, hopefully, we improve as well and we get better, but we also expect them to."
New Zealand plays Pakistan first in a 3 match T20I series followed by a 2 match Test series.