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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

Indian Premier League 2021

38th Match, Abu Dhabi, 26 Sep 2021

KKR KKR
171/6 & / (20. ov)
CSK CSK
172/8 & / (20. ov) (Target

Super Kings won by 2 wickets

Indian Premier League 2021

39th Match (N), Dubai (DSC), 26 Sep 2021

RCB RCB
165/6 & / (20. ov)
MI MI
111/10 & / (18.1 ov) (Target

RCB won by 54 runs

Indian Premier League 2021

36th Match, Abu Dhabi, 25 Sep 2021

DC DC
154/6 & / (20. ov)
RR RR
121/6 & / (20. ov) (Target

Capitals won by 33 runs

Indian Premier League 2021

37th Match (N), Sharjah, 25 Sep 2021

KXIP KXIP
125/7 & / (20. ov)
SH SH
120/7 & / (20. ov) (Target

KXIP won by 5 runs