Kane Williamson reacts to New Zealand's T20 World Cup final defeat to Australia

Kane Williamson insists he is ‘really proud’ of New Zealand’s run to the T20 World Cup final and praised Australia after they outgunned his Black Caps team.

Williamson scored a superb 85 from 48 balls to propel New Zealand to 172-4 in Dubai, but fifties from Mitchell Marsh and David Warner fired Australia to victory with seven balls to spare.

‘We were trying to get a bit of a platform and the surface was holding a little bit,’ said Williamson, who also saw his team fall short in the 2019 50-over World Cup final.

‘We got what we thought at the halfway stage was a good total, but it was chased superbly by Australia.

‘We made every effort to get a good total. Guys came out and committed to their plans. We weren’t far away but having said that, credit to the way Australia chased that total. They did not give us an inch.

‘I’m really proud of our team’s efforts throughout the tournaments. We came here and gave it our best shot, but it wasn’t good enough tonight.’

Williamson added: ‘Australia are a team full of amazing players. Today they really turned it on.

‘We finish this campaign and such is life in the international schedule is you move your focus. No doubt we’re feeling this one a little bit.

‘We had high hopes coming into the game. It’s never nice. You sign up to these sort of things. It’s just a shame we couldn’t get the job done tonight.’

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