New Zealand coach Gary Stead has accepted he might lose Kane Williamson for matches later this month with the imminent birth of his first child but the team had no concerns about him taking some time away.

Williamson told reporters last Friday that his partner was due to give birth in “mid-to-late December” and that he would make a decision on whether to miss matches closer to the time.

Stead said on Monday after his side wrapped up an innings and 134-run victory over West Indies in the first test in Hamilton on Sunday that Williamson had the understanding of the team if he chose to take paternity leave.


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“Worst case scenario Kane misses some matches,” Stead told reporters. “As a dad, as a parent, you only get that opportunity once in your life to be there for your (first) child’s birth and I know that…

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