After welcoming the birth of his first child with his partner Sarah Raheem, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson rejoined the side on the eve of the second T20I against Pakistan at Seddon Park. The 30-year-old was on paternity leave when New Zealand beat West Indies in the Hamilton Test and then beat Pakistan to secure a 1-0 lead in the ongoing T20I series.

Williamson described the past week as an “incredibly special” one and looked forward to returning to action on the field. “Obviously, you get a lot of advice on the way on what to expect and you try to take that into account, but you can’t quite expect it eh? It’s just so amazing, really, to be there through it, and obviously to have a few days at home has been really, really cool,” Williamson told NZC. “But at the same time, it’s nice to get back with the guys and looking forward to getting involved in some of these T20s.”

Williamson was welcomed back by fellow dads Martin Guptill and Ross Taylor, who isn’t part of the T20I squad, at the Seddon Park nets.

“There’re a lot of guys in the team that now have children,” Williamson said. “In a lot of ways, you go through the years and you’re all the young guys, and now you’re not so young, and you have a few other interests. There’s a lot of kids in among the team which is really, really cool.

“It’s just an incredibly special experience to have. It’s really hard to put words into how you feel and going through it, and the appreciation you have for your wives and partners that are obviously bearing so much of that whole experience.”