New Zealand suffered a major blow before the 2nd Test against England as New Zealand Captain Kane Williamson has been ruled out of the second test against England due to an elbow injury, announced New Zealand Cricket.
However, the NZC is confident that Williamson will be fit to lead the team in the inaugural WTC final against India which will start on June 18. Kane Williamson who captained New Zealand in the first test against England at Lord’s which ended in a draw, has been dealing with the injury since March. The world’s top-ranked batsman was ruled out of the second test on Wednesday just a day before the second test match at Birmingham’s Edgbaston ground.
“It’s not an easy decision for Kane to have to miss a Test, but we think it’s the right one,” New Zealand coach Gary Stead said in a statement. “He’s had an injection in his elbow to relieve the irritation he’s been experiencing when he bats and a period of rest and rehabilitation will help maximize his recovery.”
“The decision has been made very much with the ICC World Test Championship final at Southampton in mind and we are confident he will be ready for that match starting on June 18”, added Coach Gary Stead.
Tom Latham will captain the Black Caps team in the absence of Williamson. Star batsmen Will Young who had scored two first-class centuries for English County Club Durham this season, is also included in the team to play at the number three spot.
“Someone of his (Williamson’s) leadership, his caliber as a player, it’s obviously disappointing that he’s been ruled out to nurse his elbow injury,” Latham told reporters.
“He doesn’t get too high and doesn’t get too low, which has been great for this side over recent years… He’ll certainly be missed. Looking to lead New Zealand to their first series win in England since 1999”, concluded Latham.
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