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Williamson weighs in on T20 World Cup final between neighbours Australia and New Zealand


New Zealand captain Kane Williamson is excited to be pitted against neighbour Australia in Sundayโ€™s ICC men’s T20 World Cup final in Dubai.

โ€œWhen you play each other (frequently), both teams get a reasonable look at one another. So probably not too many advantages to either side except that we do play each other and have done so recently on a number of occasions and had some really good contests,โ€ Williamson said on Saturday.

โ€œItโ€™s great that we are playing our neighbour on the other side of the world in a World Cup final. A really exciting prospect for both teams.โ€

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Having been crowned the World Test champion in June, New Zealand is on the verge of achieving an ICC double. โ€œIt would be some achievement. But where it stands at the moment is there is a game of cricket to play, and for us, itโ€™s focussing on that and focusing on our cricket and looking to go out there and implement those things that are important to us,โ€ Williamson said.

โ€œThat is very much where we are at the moment. But these sorts of events are always, you know, focus I suppose on the calendar and there is a really exciting opportunity to be here now. Looking forward to the match tomorrow.โ€

Despite admitting Devon Conwayโ€™s absence, with the wicketkeeper-batter hurting his hand after being dismissed in the semifinal, will be a โ€œbig lossโ€, Williamson hoped the reworked combination – with Tim Seifert set to replace him – will deliver in the final.

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โ€œThe loss of Devon is a big one. He has been a big part of all formats for us, and a disappointing and freak thing to happen,โ€ Williamson said. โ€œBut for us, itโ€™s keeping our focus on the task, and all the players are really excited with the opportunity tomorrow to go out and try to improve and adjust to a different opposition and a different venue.โ€

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