Kane Williamson is confident of getting fit for the first Test against England despite an ongoing hip niggle.
Williamson, who is currently sitting out of the ongoing five-match T20I series, has played two Tests since the World Cup final at Lord’s in July. His last first class appearance came against Canterbury on October 21 where he scored 26.
While speaking to Sky [as quoted by Cricinfo] during New Zealand’s fourth T20I against England, he said: "It's been an ongoing niggle, really. That comes at goes. It is settling, which is nice.
"A lot of [the last few months] has been rehab to get the hip right. I had a four-dayer recently [he made 26 for Northern Districts in a Plunket Shield game in October] and there's a gap between this series and the first Test, so it's basically training going into it."
Williamson admitted that preparation for batting was a lot about getting the mindset right but added that spending ‘sometime in the middle’ can be nice. He is currently training with the New Zealand T20I squad and not playing Plunket Shield first class fixtures.
"A lot of it is mindset," he said, "so trying to get that right, trying to prepare as well as well as you can to give yourself the best chance.
"I guess if you're looking at preparation and perfect preparation, gametime can be nice - spending time in the middle - but it'll be tough to come by seeing as there's not a lot of cricket between now and then. So it's just trying to get the mindset right to go on and execute your plans as well as you can."
New Zealand will face England in the first Test on November 21 at Mount Maunganui, which will be the first-ever Test at this venue. Mount Maunganui is Williamson’s home ground where he represents his domestic side Northern Districts.
"[It's a] really exciting time for cricket in the Bay of Plenty," he said. "I know everyone there is looking forward to the occasion, and I know the guys are looking forward to some red-ball cricket as well.
"[We're] looking forward to get involved in the Test matches, which'll be a really exciting opportunity for us, taking on a strong English side."