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Williamson wants his side to mirror the fighting spirit of Tom Blundell
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Williamson wants his side to mirror the fighting spirit of Tom Blundell

Kane Williamson said his side needed to show more fighting spirit like opener Tom Blundell if they wanted to bounce back in the final Test at Sydney starting next week.

Tom Blundell was the final batter to be dismissed in the MCG Test after scoring a dogged 121 off 210 balls. The other line-up didn’t show up a lot of fight as New Zealand crashed to 247-run defeat on the fourth day.

Williamson termed Blundell’s innings as ‘magnificent’.

"Obviously it was hard work out there, the task was immense. But you look at some small positives... that was a truly fantastic innings," he said after the defeat.

"He led the way and it is important that we all take something from that.

"The effort from the bowlers throughout was something that is inspiring to us as a team, that never-give-up attitude.

"But at the same time if we are looking for areas to improve there are a few of them. We do need to try and put Australia under a bit more pressure before their first innings total gets past that point of control."

'Enough in the surface on opening day'

Williamson’s decision to bowl first at the MCG came under scrutiny as well with Australia cashing in on a reasonable start they had on the opening day.

Travis Head struck his Test career’s second century while Steven Smith (85) and Tim Paine (79) chipped in with significant contributions.

However, the New Zealand captain said the decision was reasonable as the surface offered lateral movement which kept the quicks interested.

"I felt like there was enough in the surface to bowl first and it was obviously very important for us to be on top of our game and the surface did offer some sideways movement and swing," he said.

"But credit to Australia for getting through that first session and put 400 on the board."

Williamson also stressed his side needed to get better in all three departments to get on top of the Aussies, who have been clinical this summer.

"All round from our perspective we need to be better in all departments. We do need to be better come Sydney," he said.

"We haven't been at our best, but it is important that we try and learn really quickly and improve in all areas."