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Williamson laments final NZ capitulation

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 11/10/2016
Kane Williamson © Reuters Kane Williamson

Captain Kane Williamson is disappointed New Zealand couldn't muster the fighting spirit they pride themselves on when suffering a third heavy Test loss to India.

The Black Caps capitulated to spin for 153 on the fourth day of the final Test in Indore, losing by 321 runs to complete a thoroughly comprehensive 3-0 series loss.

Williamson had hoped for better following losses by 198 and 178 runs in Kanpur and Kolkata but once again his side couldn't cope with Ravichandran Ashwin.

The mesmerising offspinner claimed a career-best 7-59 on Tuesday to give him 13 scalps for the Test and a destructive 27 at an average of 17.77 for the series.

Williamson doffed his cap to Ashwin but admits his side need to analyse their shortcomings.

"Going into this match we wanted to put together a far more complete performance but that certainly wasn't the case," he said.

"Ultimately it was a disappointing performance with the bat, certainly not to take it to the last day and show that fight that we pride ourselves on.

"It is a shame, we did expect more."

Williamson says the bowling had been solid across the series in the face of taxing heat and humidity but the failure of any New Zealand batsman to post a sizeable score proved decisive.

He described the challenge posed Ashwin and left-arm tweaker Ravindra Jadeja on the unique Indian pitches as a step up from any other spin examination in world cricket.

Simply being exposed to it will be good for his team in the long term, Williamson said, even if it will take time shake off the humbling result.

Breaking a 28-year drought since their last Test win in India will require players to spend more time experiencing subcontinent conditions, he said.

"I don't think there's a mental block here. I think it's probably the quality of India's bowling in these conditions," he said.

"We needed one or two guys to step up and apply themselves and not 50s, 60s or 70s but similar to how India performed with the bat. The 150s and 200s put you in far stronger position."

World-class batsman Williamson says he will take away some harsh personal lessons, having been bowled or trapped lbw by Ashwin in all four of his series dismissals.

Ashwin exposed a chink in how the skipper handled turning deliveries in footmarks outside off stump.

"I was a victim of it a few times. When you are put in that situation where you're dismissed similar, you are able to learn and improve from that.

"In a back-handed way you can be thankful for those experiences which help move your game forward."

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