ENG vs NZ, 2nd Test: New Zealand’s Head Coach Gary Stead on Tuesday said that New Zealand Captain Kane Williamson’s left elbow injury is being monitored & a decision on his availability in the second test will be taken on Wednesday.
The first test between England & New Zealand has ended in a draw & now both the teams will come into a face-off in the second test starting from Thursday at Edgbaston. The Head Coach also said that spinner Mitchell Santner has been ruled out of the second test match after suffering a cut on his left index finger during the first test.
“Gary Stead update, Birmingham, pace bowlers from Lord’s will not all play 2nd Test, Trent Boult will be available & likely to return, Mitch Santner is ruled out with a cut on his left index finger, Kane Williamson’s left elbow injury is being monitored & a decision to be taken tomorrow”, the Black Caps tweeted later on Tuesday.
Kane Williamson had failed to leave an impression with the bat in the first test as he could score 13 & 1 run respectively. While Pacer Trent Boult who had missed the first test will play in the second test against England.
In the first test, New Zealand had played with pacers such as Tim Southee, Nail Wagner, Kyle Jamieson & Colin de Grandhomme. Coach Gary has also confirmed that these pacers will not play in the second test against England. As the Kiwis will require their services in a much crucial WTC final which is to be played against India, starting from June 18 in Southampton at the Ageas Bowl.
Earlier, England’s batsmen Joe Root & opener Dominic Sibley helped the hosts to register a draw against New Zealand on the fifth day of the first test match.
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