Bad news for New Zealand ahead of the World Test Championship. Their captain Kane Williamson will not play in the second Test against England, and Tom Latham will take over the captaincy of the New Zealand team.
The New Zealand captain is in dire straits with an elbow injury. That is why the Kiwi team management is not willing to take any risk before the World Test Championship final. Instead of giving Williamson a chance, he was left out of the squad for the second Test against England to get him 100% fit for the forthcoming World Test championship final.
New Zealand will play their second Test against England in Edgbaston on Thursday. The Kiwi team authorities have informed Williamson to rest for this test. So that Williamson can recover from the injury quickly and become fully fit. Because if Williamson can’t play in the final of the World Test Championship against India starting on June 18, then New Zealand will be in big trouble.
Williamson has been plagued by injuries since the beginning of the year. For the same reason, he couldn’t play the ODI series against Bangladesh. At the same time, he could not play in the first 3 matches of IPL 2021 for Sunrisers Hyderabad. However, Williamson got some rest due to the postponement of the IPL. But after the first Test against England, his injury problems have arisen again.
New Zealand head coach Gary Stead said, “It was not easy for Kane to decide to rest. But we thought this was the right decision for the time being.”
On the other hand, the Kiwi left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner has been ruled out of the second Test after his left index finger was cut. However, star pacer Trent Boult is returning to the New Zealand XI in the second and final Test against hosts England. He did not play in the first Test. The lack of Boult in the Kiwi pace attack couldn’t be understood in the first match because of the decent bowling performances by Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Kyle Jamieson. However, Boult is returning to the XI ahead of the ICC World Test Championship final. This is a good piece of news for the Kiwis.
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