Kane Williamson is suffering from an irritation in his left elbow.© Twitter
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson has been ruled out of the second one and last Test against England at Edgbaston with a left elbow problem. On the other hand, the Blackcaps are self-assured he’ll be fit to lead the team in the inaugural World Test Championship last against India starting on June 18. Williamson, who captained New Zealand in final week’s drawn first Test against England at Lord’s, has been managing the injury since first lacking matches in March. The world’s top-ranked Test batsman withdrew from the second one Test on Wednesday, a day before the match is because of start at Birmingham’s Edgbaston ground.
JUST IN: Kane Williamson has been ruled out of the second one #ENGvNZ Test with an elbow issue.
Tom Latham will captain the side in his absence. pic.twitter.com/gGhFM39drs
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“It isn’t an easy decision for Kane to have to overlook a Test, but we think it is the correct one,” New Zealand coach Gary Stead said in a remark on Wednesday.
“He is had an injection in his elbow to relieve the irritation he is been experiencing when he bats and a period of rest and rehabilitation will help maximise his recovery.”
Stead added: “The decision has been made very much with the ICC World Test Championship last at Southampton in brain and we are self-assured he’ll be able for that match starting on June 18.”
Tom Latham will captain the side in Williamson’s absence.
Will Young, who has made two first-class hundreds for English county Durham this season, will come into the side at number three.
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