New Zealand’s team has suffered a major setback after drawing the first match of the two-Test series being played against England. Team captain Kane Williamson has been ruled out of the second test match. He had to be ruled out of the second match due to an elbow injury. This match between the two countries is starting from 10th June i.e. Thursday itself.
Ahead of the Test Championship final against India, the New Zealand team has suffered a major setback. Two key players of the team have been ruled out of the last Test match of the series against England due to injuries. Spinner Mitchell Santner was already ruled out of the second Test due to injury, while skipper Williamson was also in doubt. It became clear on Wednesday that his elbow injury was serious and he would not be a part of the team’s playing XI for the second Test starting on Thursday.
New Zealand head coach Gary Stead said while giving information on the captain’s injury, he was being monitored for his left elbow injury. A decision on his availability for the second Test against England will be taken on Wednesday. On the other hand, spinner Mitchell Santner has been ruled out of the second Test with a finger injury, while pacer Trent Boult is expected to make a comeback in the second Test against England.
The ICC has made it clear that New Zealand’s team will play the second match without regular captain Williamson. Opener Tom Latham will take over the captaincy of the team in this match. Will Young can be included in the playing XI in place of the captain.