NZ vs ENG 2nd Test: New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson will miss the second match of the two-match Test series between England and New Zealand in Edgbaston. The New Zealand Cricket board has decided to rest him ahead of the marquee ICC World Test Championship final against India. The match will commence on June 18 in Southampton.
Williamson has not recovered from his elbow injury yet and is being monitored by the Black Caps medical team. Black Caps coach Gary Stead said that they have taken the decision to rest him keeping in view the WTC final.
“Captain Kane Williamson will miss the second Test of the G.J. Gardner Homes BLACKCAPS Tour of England as he rests his irritated left elbow,” New Zealand Cricket informed in an official statement.
“It’s not an easy decision for Kane to have to miss a Test, but we think it’s the right one,” Stead said.
“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 maximise 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.”
Left-handed batsman Tom Latham will take charge in Williamson’s absence. This would be the third time when Latham will lead the team on behalf of Williamson. Batting all-rounder Will Young has been included in the playing XI as the NZ skipper’s replacement for the match that will commence on June 10.
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