Cricketing purists can rest easy.

Kane Williamson's 360-degree array of shots won't be permanently scarred by the left-pectoral injury he suffered at the end of the home summer.

The New Zealand captain has struggled for runs in his recovery, scoring 55 from six innings as the skipper of Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League. Adjusting his cricketing movements to compensate proved niggly.

He says the problem should be a distant memory when the World Cup starts this month.


"[The injury] was rare in the sense it was uncommon, but essentially it was just a muscle tear.

"It was about