ENG v NZ 2021: Kane Williamson ruled out of second Test; Tom Latham to lead New Zealand in Edgbaston

Williamson to rest his left elbow ahead of World Test Championship final.

Kane Williamson to rest his left elbow ahead of World Test Championship | Getty

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson has been ruled out of the second Test against England to be played at Edgbaston from June 10, after his elbow niggles reappeared. The team management decided to let the Kiwi skipper give much-needed rest to his "irritated" left elbow ahead of the World Test Championship final against India.

Left-handed batsman Tom Latham will don the captaincy hat in Williamson's absence in the second Test beginning on 10 June. Latham will lead the Kiwis only for the third time, Will Young will replace Williamson in the playing eleven.

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"It's not an easy decision for Kane to have to miss a Test, but we think it's the right one. 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 maximize 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 18 June,” New Zealand coach Gary Stead said.

Tom Latham assured that Williamson will play the WTC Final against India.

“I am sure he will be back. From our point of view, it is a precautionary thing. We would love for him to be available for this game but we have also got the eye on the (WTC) final in a week's time.

Tom Latham to captain New Zealand in 2nd Test v England | Getty

So it is about Kane giving himself the best opportunity to be fully fit and available for that game. The decision was made for him to rest this one and get that right for the final," said Latham in the pre-match interaction ahead of the second Test against England.

Latham also said that New Zealand will be resting their pacers on a case-by-case basis rather than resting all of them and mentioned the return of Trent Boult is a huge relief for the New Zealand camp.

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His coming back into the side is a massive boost for us. The way he can swing the ball, his leadership as well. He has been in this part of the world and knows how to perform," said Latham.

"While we have an eye on that final, this is such an important game for us to put a performance that we can be proud of. We will take a call on the 11 or 12 after training but it (resting pacers) is more of a case by case situation,” he said when asked about resting Southee, Wagner, and Jamieson.

(PTI inputs)


By Jatin Sharma - 09 Jun, 2021

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