Ahead of the second Test against England at Edgbaston, New Zealand has decided to rest their captain Kane Williamson due to injury concerns. The start batsman, who will be expected to play a crucial role for the Blackcaps during the World Test Championship (WTC) final against India, has some concerns with his left elbow for some time now.
In Williamson’s absence, Tom Latham will be leading the Kiwis as the development has been confirmed by coach Gary Stead a day before the start of the 2nd Test from June 10. Williamson’s place at three in the order will be taken by 28-year-old Will Young, who has amassed 48 runs in the two Tests innings he has played so far.
Talking about Kane Williamson ahead of Edgbaston Test, Gary Stead said, “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.”
Kane Williamson had said before his arrival in England that the elbow concern is being managed and he was hopeful of attaining complete fitness sooner than later.
Further, Stead had confirmed on Tuesday that spinner Mitchell Santner has been ruled out for the final Test owing to a finger injury, while experienced fast bowler Trent Boult was available for selection and “very likely” to find a place in the playing XI.
New Zealand’s coach also confirmed that not all the pacers from the first Test will feature in the 2nd Test. The first Test between the two sides had ended in a draw at Lord’s.