Captain Kane Williamson has a two-week deadline to prove his fitness for the one-day World Cup starting in October. The batsman tore the cruciate ligaments in his right knee while playing for Gujarat Titans in the Indian Premier League in April. The 33-year-old has recovered well and is batting in the nets, aiming for a place in New Zealand's 15-man squad. New Zealand will face the defending champions England in their opening game of the World Cup 2023 in Ahmedabad on October 5.
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Williamson has scored more than 6,500 runs in one-day international cricket and led New Zealand in their defeat to England in the 2019 World Cup final.
"We've got about two weeks from now until we name that side," Gary Stead told New Zealand media. "We're going to give him every chance to use that full amount of time. He's in full rehab mode, he's back batting in the nets again, which is great to see. He's progressing really well, but there's a lot of work for him still to do to make sure he gets where we need him to be," he added.
"Of course, we want him at the World Cup, but there is that bigger picture that we want Kane Williamson fit for the rest of his career. There will be honest conversations that Kane and I will have around exactly where he is at," Stead further added.