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Stead dismisses claims he wanted to remove Kane as captain

 WELLINGTON, July 13: New Zealand coach Gary Stead on Monday dismissed speculations that he had tried to remove Kane Williamson from Test captaincy, saying “there is no truth” in them and his relation with the skipper remains “strong”.

 Following New Zealand’s 0-3 defeat at the hands of Australia earlier this year, rumours surfaced that Stead preferred left-handed batsman Tom Latham for Test captaincy over incumbent Williamson.

“There’s no truth to it... that was certainly news to me certainly had no conversations around that sort of thing,” Stead was quoted as saying by ‘Newshub’ as he opened up on the issue for the first time.

“At this stage, Kane’s our man. He’s the guy we’ve backed, he’s been a great leader for this team and I’m sure he will be in the future as well.”

Asked about his relationship with Williamson, Stead said: “I think it’s very good. I think it’s strong.

“I like him as a bloke, like what he stands for. He’s a very values-based person and he adds a hell of a lot to the team.”

Stead, however, conceded that he and Williamson are “philosophically different”.

“I think I probably have philosophical differences with every single person in the team at different times, and that’s just about me being a human being and him being a human being,” he said. – PTI

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