New Zealand tour of England 2021
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New Zealand captain Kane Williamson out of 2nd Test against England

09 Jun 2021

BIRMINGHAM: New Zealand captain Kane Williamson has been ruled out of the second and final Test against England at Edgbaston with a left elbow problem.

However, the Blackcaps are confident he will be fit to lead the team in the inaugural World Test Championship final against India starting on June 18.

Williamson, who captained New Zealand in last week's drawn first Test against England at Lord's, has been managing the injury since first missing matches in March.

The world's top-ranked Test batsman withdrew from the second Test on Wednesday, a day before the match is due to start at Birmingham's Edgbaston ground.

"It's not an easy decision for Kane to have to miss a Test, but we think it's the right one," New Zealand coach Gary Stead said in a statement on Wednesday.

"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 maximise his recovery."

Stead added: "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 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.

Matches

India tour of South Africa 2021-22

3rd ODI, Cape Town, 23 Jan 2022

SA SA
287/10 & / (49.5 ov)
Ind Ind
283/10 & / (49.2 ov) (Target

South Africa won by 4 runs

Afghanistan v Netherlands in Qatar, 2022

2nd ODI, Doha, 23 Jan 2022

Afgh Afgh
237/6 & / (50. ov)
Neth Neth
189/10 & / (47.4 ov) (Target

Afghanistan won by 48 runs

England tour of West Indies 2022

1st T20I (D/N), Bridgetown, 22 Jan 2022

Eng Eng
103/10 & / (19.4 ov)
WI WI
104/1 & / (17.1 ov) (Target

West Indies won by 9 wickets

India tour of South Africa 2021-22

2nd ODI, Paarl, 21 Jan 2022

Ind Ind
287/6 & / (50. ov)
SA SA
288/3 & / (48.1 ov) (Target

South Africa won by 7 wickets