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Upbeat Williamson shrugs off rain forecast

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 24/03/2017 Angelo Risso

Black Caps ace Kane Williamson says, only half-jokingly, that he's been rehearsing his coin toss ahead of Saturday's Test decider against South Africa.

But the as-yet luckless Test captain may not have much to worry about if the heavens over Hamilton have their say over the next five days.

Williamson has lost seven straight coin tosses against counterparts AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis in this summer's Proteas tour, his worst ever losing streak.

Only in the side's sole T20 international against South Africa did Williamson emerge triumphant - and his side went on to lose by 78 runs anyway.

Whether he has the chance to break that poor run of form with the thumb and index finger, however, is another matter entirely.

The spectre of rainfall lingers over Seddon Park this weekend, with New Zealand's Metservice predicting five straight days of Hamilton rain.

Partial showers on Saturday look set to give way to downpours on Sunday and Monday, before a return to intermittent drizzle on days four and five.

That would all but ensure the third and final Test, with South Africa holding a slender 1-0 series lead, ends in anticlimax and the Proteas' name on the trophy.

Regardless, Williamson was keeping optimistic.

"Five days is a long time (so) I'm sure there'll be plenty of cricket," Williamson said.

"We've had a number of games here where there's been a chance of weather, this year there's been a chance of interruptions and often we've got a lot of cricket in."

Williamson's Black Caps crumbled in the second Test in Wellington, bowled out for a second-innings total of just 171 as they lost by eight wickets.

Questions immediately followed on Williamson's physical and mental condition, having played almost non-stop around the world since July.

The 26-year-old batsman swatted away conjecture he may be heading into his final international of the Kiwi summer with nothing in the tank.

South African counterpart du Plessis, for his part, concurred.

"It's unfair, he's done really well with the New Zealand team, a fantastic player - I've read many times that he's the best No.3 in the world," du Plessis said.

"It comes with not winning.

"It's part of our job as captains and sometimes it's not nice and not deserved."

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