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Kane Williamson talks about his Retirement

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Following the team’s final T20 World Cup match on Monday, skipper Kane Williamson spoke about his retirement only a short while after Trent Boult declared that he had played his final World Cup match for New Zealand. At the Brian Lara Stadium in Tarouba, New Zealand defeated Papua New Guinea by seven wickets in a lopsided match, but that didn’t alter the Kiwis’ fate in this World Cup.

For the first time in the tournament’s history, New Zealand was unable to go past the group stage due to significant losses to Afghanistan and the West Indies. Additionally, it will be the first time that New Zealand has not advanced to the semifinals in seven World Cups (ODIs and T20Is).

There would inevitably be a reputation or two. Following the PNG match, Boult declared he had played his “last day” of international cricket. In the depressing environment of a “dead” T20 World Cup match, his 13-year career in international cricket seemed to have come to an end.

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“It feels a little bit weird, a few emotions obviously the last couple of days,” Boult remarked.

When asked if the match marked his last appearance in New Zealand, Boult hinted at his doubts, saying, “I haven’t thought much further than this, I’m in no position to comment right now.” I had fun spending one final moment outside.”


PNG was bowled out for 78 runs by Boult (2 wickets for 14 runs) in an innings in which fellow fast Lockie Ferguson concluded with an incredible 3-0 from his full four overs.

“Gutted to not go any further, but I’m very proud of what I’ve done with the Black Caps and sad it’s my last day with New Zealand,” Boult stated.

Kane Williamson is unsure about his T20I future.

Williamson was asked whether this was his final Twenty20 international for New Zealand a few minutes later at the press conference following the game. The right-hander stated he hasn’t answered any calls yet.

“I’m not sure. Reorganizing as a side is necessary since there is some time between now and then. And indeed, Red Ball cricket will be played for the most part of the upcoming year. “Well, let’s see where things end up and see where it goes back into some other international formats,” he stated.

Following his release from his New Zealand central contract in August 2022, which allowed him to participate in more local T20 competitions overseas, the 34-year-old has been picked for international duty irregularly.

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The swing bowler did play during last year’s 50-over World Cup, when New Zealand made it to the semi-finals before losing to tournament hosts India by 70 runs at Mumbai’s crowded Wankhede Stadium.