New Zealand tour of England 2021
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Wicketkeeper-batsman BJ Watling ruled out from 2nd Test with back injury

10 Jun 2021

New Zealand's wicketkeeper-batsman BJ Watling has been ruled out from the second Test against England in Birmingham, after failing to overcome a sore back.

"The injury has troubled Watling in the past, and although it has improved in the past 24 hours, it hasn't improved enough to be confident of him getting through a full Test behind the stumps," said New Zealand Cricket in a press statement.

"Wellington Firebirds wicket-keeper batsman Tom Blundell will take the gloves and bat six in his 11th Test."

Watling had earlier announced that he would be retiring from all forms of international cricket after the World Test Championship (WTC) final against India, starting June 18 in Southampton.

New Zealand will be without their captain Kane Williamson, who has been rested for the second Test against England at Edgbaston due to injury concerns. Williamson's place at three in the order will be taken by 28-year-old Will Young, who has scored 48 runs in his two Tests innings to date.

Kane Williamson had said before he arrives in England that the elbow concern is being managed, and he was hopeful of returning to peak fitness sooner than later. Williamson had missed three Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 matches for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) due to the same injury.

Left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner has also been ruled out for the final Test with a finger injury. At the same time, experienced pacer Trent Boult is available for selection.

The first Test between the two sides had ended in a draw at Lord's.

Matches

ICC T20 World Cup 2021

9th Match, Group B, Al Amerat, 21 Oct 2021

Ban Ban
181/7 & / (20. ov)
PNG PNG
97/10 & / (19.3 ov) (Target

Bangladesh won by 84 runs

ICC T20 World Cup 2021

10th Match, Group B, Al Amerat, 21 Oct 2021

Oman Oman
122/10 & / (20. ov)
Scot Scot
123/2 & / (17. ov) (Target

Scotland won by 8 wickets

ICC T20 World Cup 2021

7th Match, Group A, Abu Dhabi, 20 Oct 2021

Neth Neth
164/4 & / (20. ov)
Namibia Namibia
166/4 & / (19. ov) (Target

Namibia won by 6 wickets

ICC T20 World Cup 2021

8th Match, Group A, Abu Dhabi, 20 Oct 2021

SL SL
171/7 & / (20. ov)
Ire Ire
101/10 & / (18.3 ov) (Target

Sri Lanka won by 70 runs