“No Truth”, NZC confirms no threat to Kane Williamson's Test captaincy

Rumors were that Gary Stead was looking for a change in the Test captaincy.

Kane and Tom Latham | Getty Images

New Zealand Cricket (NZC) has rubbished the claims that Kane Williamson's Test captaincy is under threat by saying “no truth” to any suggestions of the captaincy coup.

The concerns arose about Williamson's captaincy in the Tests after New Zealand’s disastrous Australia tour as some were suggesting the need for a different skipper for the format with Tom Latham might be considered to lead the side in the longest format of the game.

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After New Zealand's 0-3 Test whitewash in Australia, even the questions were raised about whether Williamson was carrying too onerous a workload across all three formats of the game.

On Tuesday, May 19, James McOnie, The Crowd Goes Wild broadcaster, claimed that Kiwi head coach Gary Stead prefers Latham as a Test captain and is planning a change in the format.

McOnie said on Twitter: “Coup alert! Kane Williamson’s test captaincy is under threat. Apparently, coach Gary Stead favors fellow Cantabrian Tom Latham as skipper. It’d be easier on the ego to take the T20 job from Kane, to ease his workload, but that’s not the preferred plan.”

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Well, the NZC has rejected the claims about Williamson’s Test captaincy, as a team spokesman told Newshub, “There's absolutely no truth to any suggestion Kane's captaincy is under threat.”

Noteworthy, Williamson and Co. bounced back brilliantly after Australia debacle, as they won a two-match Test series against India at home earlier this year.

(With NZ Herald Inputs)


By Rashmi Nanda - 20 May, 2020

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