. . .as Williams relishes new role

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THERE is no greater feeling than the joy that comes with leading one’s country in Test cricket and such is the sensation newly appointed Zimbabwe captain Sean Williams is experiencing.

“I’m very excited I can’t wait, really looking forward to it. It’s going to be very (very) awesome walking out to the middle to do the toss with my blazer and my baggy green cap on,” Williams told the Daily News yesterday.

“Obviously it’s an honour, it’s not a small thing to be Test captain of any country in this world. It’s a massive thing for me and I obviously get goose bumps just thinking about it.

“I have got big boots to fill — you know the likes of Andy Flower, Heath Streak, Tatenda Taibu, those guys have been there and done that and to be given the same role as them is a massive honour for me and a privilege and I will be taking this job really seriously.”

Williams, 33, was given the new role to replace Hamilton Masakadza, who retired from all forms of the game last year. The all-rounder has played 10 Test matches for Zimbabwe, managing a single century and two half tons with an average of 27,65.
He is under no illusion of the challenges and responsibilities that come with being a Test captain.

“Obviously the pressures that come with leading the country are huge. We are going through a transition and change of captaincy from Hamilton to myself and Chamu (Chibhabha) is a big thing,” he said.

“There’s a lot of pressures that come with it; uniting the team is going to be my main port of call and winning.

“Winning now is what we are playing for and hard work from the team is going to be required even from myself.”
Williams’ first task will be leading Zimbabwe in the forthcoming two Test matches on home soil against Sri Lanka.

“We have young guys in the team, which is fantastic, I can’t wait to work with the likes of (Carlton) Tshuma, and you know there are so many guys that have got immense talent in this country,” he said.

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