Kane Williamson’s ‘insatiable appetite’ key to records breaking: Gary Stead
Kane Williamson scored his first Test double-century as New Zealand broke records against Bangladesh. © AFP

New Zealand coach Gary Stead is not surprised that Kane Williamson is on the verge of toppling Virat Kohli from the top spot in the ICC Test batsmen rankings, for he has had an up-close view of how the skipper trains and approaches his cricket.

Williamson last week moved to No 2 in the rankings after scoring his maiden Test double-century at Seddon Park and with two matches left to play against Bangladesh, is poised to become No 1.

“I don’t think it is a big surprise that Kane is as good as he is if you see how hard he works and he’s done it from a very very young age as well,” Stead told reporters in Wellington on Tuesday. “He has an insatiable appetite to bat and to hit balls and to keep getting better with his technique. He’s not a guy that rests on his laurels at all, and you wouldn’t be surprised [about his records] if you see his training.”

After winning the opening Test by an innings, New Zealand now meet Bangladesh at the Basin Reserve from March 8 with a chance to seal the series.

Playing three Test matches while most other teams are engaged in ODI cricket or coming off the format may not be ideal in a World Cup season as Williamson recently said, but Stead maintained that improving across formats was the goal. (READ: Williamson lauds New Zealand’s “brilliant performance”)

“The guys will be confident,” said Stead. “It’s the start of another test match though and we will be back to zero so we start again. The boys played really well and it is really encouraging. I think we are trying to be strong in every format that we play. There is obviously the big carrot of the World Cup coming up as well, and we want to do well in that and every country wants to do well. Every game we play, we just try to get better. We just try to get better every day and thats what the team is about.”

It has been four Test matches since a New Zealand spinner managed a wicket in a home game, but Stead confirmed that the recalled Todd Astle will play at the Basin Reserve.

“He’s our No 1 for this series and he is who we will keep carrying on,” he said.