Black Caps coach Mike Hesson has confirmed the arrival of batsman Kane Williamson will be delayed after he was forced to remain with his Indian Premier League side Sunrisers Hyderabad.

The tourists had hoped that Williamson would be released early to travel to the UK, but an injury to fellow Sunrisers batsman Kevin Pietersen has prevented that.

Hesson says while Williamson won't be available for the warm-up match, he'll arrive in plenty of time for the first test starting next Thursday.

"If players are playing then they tend to hang around. If they're not involved often they get early release and sometimes that happens, sometimes it doesn't. We expected everyone to be here by the 18th and they will be."


Williamson will miss the entire warm-up match against Worcestershire.

Hesson says it's something they'll work around.

"He's a very professional young man so he'll be doing plenty of work over there and obviously use the two or three days he gets when he gets here to prepare.

"So I still expect him to put in a good performance come the first test."