Kane Williamson chuckles when asked the question ‘Are New Zealand favourites for the forthcoming Twenty20 tri-series involving England and Australia?’

The ICC world rankings certainly suggest so.

Williamson’s BlackCaps sit in second place – they were top at the start of the weekend before losing to Pakistan, who jumped over them – while England are fourth and Australia seventh.

“Do we go in as favourites? I don’t know,” admitted the Kiwi captain and Yorkshire’s overseas player.

“Rankings are a funny thing. They change all the time.

“They’re three strong teams, and in T20 cricket anything can happen on the day as we all know, so it’s pretty hard to say who is favourites.”

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