New Zealand’s Captain Kane Williamson’s elbow injury has become a point of discussion for a few days as the Captain missed the second test of the two-match test series against India due to the elevation of his elbow injury. Speaking about Kane Williamson’s injury, Head Coach Gary Stead has revealed that Kane Williamson is unlikely to undergo surgery on his troublesome elbow.
Even though Stead said that Kane Williamson will not undergo surgery, he is likely to be sidelined for 8-9 weeks which will rule him out of the kiwi’s next assignment at home against Bangladesh. “I think surgery is unlikely,” Stead said. “With the tendon injuries around the elbow, my understanding of the situation from talking to our physio is all surgery would do is ensure rehab is done. If we don’t have to cut a tendon, our choice is not to do that as well.
“So Kane Williamson is going along okay. I expect it to be a sustained period of time. Last time, if you look after the World Test Championship and before the IPL and T20 World Cup, was about eight or nine weeks. So, I expect it’s somewhere in that time frame again. We’re trying not to put time-frames on it at this stage.”
Gary Stead also emphasized that the struggles of Ross Taylor in the test series are a result of a lack of game time. Ross Taylor struggled in all the four innings which he has played & ended up scoring just 20 runs throwing his future under doubt.
“Ross has had a disappointing tour by his standards, but he’s been an exceptional player for New Zealand for a long, long period of time,” Stead observed. “So he’s not the only guy that has come to India or Asian conditions and struggled over here.
“I think there are some factors behind it, with the lack of match-time beforehand. We had training or a couple of training before the second Test that was washed out as well. I think Ross will look back and be disappointed at that himself. It’s a fine balance here, though, between trying to play aggressively and put the spinners under some pressure and also trusting your defense to bat for long periods.”
Gary Stead also said that he will have discussions with the selectors regarding the future of Taylor in test format. Ross who became the first player to play in 100 matches has tough competition for his spot in the team from Will Young & Daryl Mitchell.
“I think the thing that’s encouraging for our team is we have more options now than what we did have a year or two years ago,” Stead said. “You’ve seen the emergence of Will Young and Daryl Mitchell, in particular, who have come onto the Test scene and done really well. But let’s not also forget that Ross Taylor has an amazing record behind him as well.
“He’s been one of New Zealand’s premier batsmen for a long, long period of time, and you don’t lose that class just over one hour. I’ve got to get home and speak with the selectors and have a conversation with Ross as well, around where he sees his game going forward”, Stead added in his statement.