New Zealand captain Kane Williamson hopes an upcoming break provides his side with a chance to revive their faltering World Cup campaign.
The Black Caps suffered their third straight defeat of the tournament in a thumping 119-run loss to England at Chester-le-Street on Wednesday.Had they won, it would have been New Zealand and not England who were assured of a place in the semi-finals.
But they were rarely in the hunt and New Zealand, who won five of their first six games in a sequence that included a washout with India, had to accept another defeat following losses to Pakistan and Australia — the team that beat them in the 2015 final.
The consolation for Williamson’s men is they are all but certain of a place in the semi-finals given their huge net run-rate advantage over Pakistan.
And Williamson, whose team won’t play again until next week if they make the last four, believes group form will count for little now that the tournament is heading into the knockout phase.
“If we are fortunate to be in a semi-final, then we do have a little bit of a break,” he said.
“If you are in a knockout stage where it’s a semi-final opportunity, anything can happen.“We know that we haven’t put out our best performance yet and we know when we do it gives us the best chance of beating anybody, without a doubt.