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New Zealand captain Kane Williamson on Thursday described his hamstring injury as “minor” but admitted that an elbow niggle is affecting his grip even as he played down concerns over his fitness ahead of the Black Caps’ T20 World Cup opener against Pakistan on October 26.

A day after New Zealand coach Gary Stead expressed confidence about his availability, Williamson also struck a note of optimism ahead of the match in Sharjah. The tournament begins on October 17.

“Minor, (it’s) okay, progressing well. So, there are no complaints,” he responded to a query during a conference call with media arranged by the ICC.

He, however, conceded that recovery has been slow from an elbow problem, which has been bothering him for a while.

“…it has just been a bit of a slow-burner….quite frustrating for a long period of time. However, it has definitely improved a bit over the last two months I’ve had after the World Test Championship,” he was later quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo.

“On rehab, it has definitely seemed to move forward, which is refreshing, but still a little bit of time to get back to a 100 per cent,” he said.

Elaborating on how it was impacting his batting, the Kiwi mainstay said, “Basically just gripping and then…

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