Beginning from the next tour to Pakistan next month, Tim Southee will take over as New Zealand’s Test captain. While Tom Latham becomes the side’s Vice-captain in Tests.
Williamson has captained the Blackcaps since 2016, when he succeeded Brendon McCullum, now the head coach of the England Test team, and he will continue to play for New Zealand in all three formats. However, he is particularly interested in leading the team at the upcoming limited-overs World Cups.
“Captaining the Blackcaps in Test cricket has been an extraordinarily great honour,” Williamson added.
“Test cricket is the summit of the game for me, and I’ve embraced the trials of leading the side in that format.
“Captaincy entails a heightened workload both on and off the field, and at this point in my career, I believe the time is perfect for this decision. With two World Cups coming up in the next two years, we believed that continuing to captain the white-ball formats was preferable after conversations with NZC.
Kane Williamson’s Test Captaincy record
Under Williamson’s captaincy, New Zealand has won 22 of 40 Tests, drawn eight, and lost 10 matches. He also led them to a victory against India last year to win the inaugural World Test Championship.
Following his decision to step down, New Zealand’s head coach Gary Stead praised his batting average of over 57 during his stint as captain and he was praised for his leadership.
Southee will be the 31st captain in the history of the New Zealand Test team, and the first specialist fast bowler to take up the role permanently since Harry Cave led the side on a tour of Pakistan and India in 1955.
The 34-year-old is eager to take on the job of guiding the Test squad after leading the Blackcaps in 22 Twenty20 Internationals (W13, L9).
“It’s been a weird few days, and being named Test captain is a huge honour,” newly appointed skipper, Southee stated.
“I adore Test cricket; it’s the greatest challenge, and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to lead the side in this format.
“Kane has been a great Test captain, and I’m looking forward to working with Gary on how we can build on that,” Southee added.