Incumbent New Zealand cricketer and ace batsman Kane Williamson has announced his decision to step down as the captain of the side’s Test cricket team with immediate effect. Williamson had been leading the contingent in the red-ball format for the past six years.
The New Zealand Cricket (NZC) has accepted his decision and named veteran paceman Tim Southee as his replacement. Southee will be leading New Zealand in the upcoming series against Pakistan. Frontline batsman Tom Latham has been announced as the deputy of Tim.
Williamson had an extraordinary stint for New Zealand in his tenure as the captain of the Test team. Under his reign, New Zealand emerged victorious at the inaugural edition of the World Test Championship and lifted the mace title. This was also New Zealand’s maiden major ICC event triumphant.
Though Williamson will step down as the captain, the skillful batsman will continue to contribute to his side with the bat. Williamson will continue to lead New Zealand in the white-ball ODI and T-20I format.
Kane Williamson took to Social Media to announce his decision of leaving Test Captaincy
Williamson took to social media and addressed the critics and fans. He stated that Test cricket has been the most desirable and preferred format of the game in his career. However, he mentioned that the increased workload would defy him in giving his best with the bat and he is making the harsh decision for the betterment of the side.
Williamson also added that he wants to primarily focus on the crucial ODI World Cup 2023 and will aim to seal the prestigious championship for his side.
Kane Williamson was appointed as New Zealand’s Test captain after former skipper and wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum had decided to step down and retire from international cricket. Williamson has led the Blackcaps in 40 test matches out of which the side secured 22 victories, lost 10 of them, and drew 8.
On the other side, Tim Southee also expressed that he is delighted with taking up additional responsibility and will make the best decisions for his team. Southee has so far led New Zealand in 22 white-ball fixtures. The New Zealand team management also respected Williamson’s decision and assured complete support to Southee.