Yorkshire assistant coach Rich Pyrah has hailed Kane Williamson’s leadership qualities as the club’s overseas batsman prepares to skipper New Zealand in their forthcoming two-Test series with England, starting on Thursday local time.

Pyrah is full of praise for the BlackCaps style of play and knows they will be no pushovers for Joe Root and co.

The series starts with a day/night pink ball clash at Auckland’s Eden Park at 12pm UK time on Wednesday.

“I think it’s going to be just as hard as the Ashes,” said the former White Rose all-rounder. “It’s two well matched teams.

“It might suit our bowlers a bit more with some swing and seam, but it will still be a tough series.”

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