Williamson hails exiting Hesson

08 June 2018 06:28:14 EST

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson insists the Black Caps can keep moving forward despite the resignation of coach Mike Hesson.

Hesson announced on Thursday that he was stepping down with a year to go before the World Cup.

Williamson, though, isn't worried about having to shoulder a heavy burden in the wake of his departure as he says there's a good structure in place in New Zealand cricket.

The Black Caps were empowered by their former coach's inclusive leadership style, said the skipper, who took over the job from Brendon McCullum in 2016.

"There's so many other leaders in the playing group and in the support staff," he said. "Hess was a big part of the environment but a lot of that was including others, giving others responsibility, and they've taken that responsibility on for a number of years and offered so much to that environment.

"There are so many pillars in the group. Hess was a big one, but there are a number of others, which is important to help the team keep tracking. Head coach is a big role to fill but we'll go through those processes in the coming period of time."

New Zealand are next in action away to Pakistan in October and November, before returning for a home summer that will see them take on Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka.

Hesson guided the Black Caps to more wins than defeats in each of the three formats and Williamson said the coach and McCullum had created an environment where people felt a sense of comfort and could play in a selfless manner.

NZ Cricket chief David White said Williamson and other senior players would be consulted as his organisation goes about finding a new coach.

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