New Zealander Williamson laments poor performance rather than result
SYDNEY, Nov 9 (Reuters) – New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson was frustrated with his side’s lackluster performance as their dream World Cup Twenty20 ended in defeat to Pakistan in Wednesday’s semi-final.
The defeat means the Black Caps will return home without a trophy from a fifth straight White Ball World Cup, despite reaching at least the semi-finals in each of them.
Williamson felt New Zealand’s 152-4 aggregate at the Sydney Cricket Ground had been a winning position, but Pakistan had 105 runs on the board before losing their first batsman and claiming a seven-wicket victory.
“The trip to this tournament has been very good, but it’s just frustrating not to have performed better today,” he told reporters.
“If you get beaten playing your best cricket you definitely have to accept that. Today was a little disappointing. There were some good times but we thought we had a defensible total if we were to be on our Game.”
New Zealand were aiming to reach a second consecutive T20 World Cup final after losing to Australia in Abu Dhabi last year, after successive defeats in the finals of the 2015 and 2019 World Cups in the format of a daytime.
Asked that he again failed to get his hands on silverware, Williamson returned to his focus on performance.
“You always look at the performance, and we’ve played in a number of different finals and put in some really good performances, probably good enough to win,” he said.
“And then we came across a team that played a bit better or about on par.
“The frustrating part of it today is that we weren’t quite at the top of our game. We fought hard and showed good characteristics and attitudes that we want to see, but, yeah, this was not the case.
“You play several tournaments, you want to win some, but you finish the tournament and you start focusing on the next one.”
Now 32 and over 12 years into his international career, Williamson said he will think carefully about anything he plays for New Zealand in the future.
“I certainly like to play in all formats, but there’s a lot of cricket out there so it has to be managed a bit,” he said.
“It’s a changing landscape with players from all over the world. After these kinds of events, you sit down to think and watch what’s to come.”
Reporting by Nick Mulvenney, editing by Alexander Smith
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