Williamson hopeful of featuring in series finale


New Zealand captain Kane Williamson is hopeful he will be able to play in the third and final Test with India.

Williamson missed the second Test, which saw the Black Caps fall to a second successive heavy defeat in the subcontinent, because of a viral illness.

The tourists will aim to avoid a series whitewash in the finale in Indore, beginning on Saturday, and skipper Williamson is upbeat over his prospects of returning to the fray.

"I'm certainly very hopeful of playing. I can say I am getting better each day," Williamson said at a media conference.

Williamson, who scored 75 and 25 in the opening Test, believes New Zealand's failure to post a score of 300 and India's superior manipulation of reverse swing have been the differences in the series.

"In the last two games we could have pushed that first innings total to nearer 300, the 240-250 score needed to be 300-350," he added.

"The 300 mark in the first or second innings seems to be pretty effective and batsmen who have got to 80, or about that score, seem to have made significant contributions.

"In the last game the seam bowlers made a bigger impact. We did not know coming here that reverse swing would be quite effective. They exploited reverse swing better than us."