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Stomach bug in NZ camp days before fighting BD

Illness prevented leading batsman Kane Williamson from training with his teammates Wednesday as New Zealand faced the first major off-field glitch of its Cricket World Cup campaign. Williamson is the most-heavily affected of a handful of New Zealand players who contracted a virus after their six-wicket win over Afghanistan on Monday.

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Grant Elliott and Daniel Vettori, who were also affected by the stomach bug which they may have contracted from food from a visitor to the New Zealand camp, were both able to train to some extent Wednesday.

Fast bowler Adam Milne, who suffered a shoulder injury when tumbling to take a catch against Afghanistan, took a limited part in training and didn’t bowl.

Wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi provided a graphic description of the symptoms of the illness, but said Williamson was thought likely to be fit to play in New Zealand’s final pool game against Bangladesh on Friday.

New Zealand has used the same 11 players in all five of its pool matches to date and has planned to continue that selection policy throughout the tournament unless injury or illness force its hand. Captain Brendon McCullum and coach Mike Hesson have expressed confidence in the four members of the New Zealand squad who haven’t yet played a match at the World Cup to perform well if they have to do so.

Most other aspects of New Zealand’s game are ticking along well, particularly the bowling. New Zealand has bowled out all five of its opponents to date and Sri Lanka’s 233 in the opening match of the tournament is the highest score it has conceded so far.

Ronchi said that as wicketkeeper he has “the best seat in the house” to watch the New Zealand bowlers perform.

Swing bowlers Trent Boult and Tim Southee lead the wicket-taking list at the World Cup with 13 apiece while left-arm spinner Vettori is in third place with 12.

Ronchi said the New Zealand bowling lineup was the most consistent he had keep to and he felt privileged to have his current role.

“It’s been awesome,” he said. “Every game one particular bowlers seems to be doing well.”

“It’s not one guy carrying everyone so it’s been awesome standing behind (the stumps) and watching everyone do what they can do and swinging the ball.”

Because New Zealand has been chasing relatively low scores and because Williamson and Brendon McCullum have been batting well, Ronchi at No. 7 in the order, hasn’t had many chances to bat at the tournament. He has no gripe about that.

  • – By: Associated Press | Hamilton

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