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Williamson has been battling an elbow injury since the beginning of this year.
New Zealand have suffered a major setback ahead of the second match of the two-Test series against England. Captain Kane Williamson withdrew from the match due to an elbow injury. However, it is believed that he will be fit before the final match of the World Test Championship against India starting on June 18. The England-New Zealand second test match is starting from June 10 in Birmingham.
Was out of the initial matches of IPL
Kane Williamson missed the ODI series against Bangladesh due to the same injury. He was also out of the first few matches in Phase-1 of IPL-2021. Tom Latham will captain the New Zealand team in his absence. Latham has previously captained New Zealand in the Sydney Test against Australia in January 2020 and the Test match against West Indies in December 2020.
injected into the elbow
New Zealand head coach Gary Stead said the decision to sit out was not an easy one for Williamson. But, there was no other way. He has been given injections in the elbow to reduce the pain. It is expected that with a few days of rest, he will be able to recover from the injury and play the final match of the World Test Championship against India.
Rest decision taken in view of WTC final
Stead said the WTC Finals also played a big role in Williamson being rested. The New Zealand management is giving a lot of importance to that match and wants the captain to be available for the match. So Williamson’s injury does not get aggravated, he has been rested.
Will Young will replace Williamson in the second Test against England. He has played 2 test matches so far.
Will Young replaces Williamson
Will Young will replace Kane Williamson in New Zealand’s playing 11 for the second Test against England. Young has played two Test matches so far and has managed only 48 runs. Williamson proved to be a flop in the first Test against England and was able to score 13 and 1 runs. That test match was a draw.
Probable playing-11 of both the teams in the second test match
England: Joe Root (c), Rory Burns, Dom Sibley, Jack Crowley, Ollie Pope, Dan Lawrence, James Bracey (wk), Craig Overton, Jack Leach, Stuart Broad, James Anderson.
New Zealand: Tom Latham (c), Devon Conway, Will Young, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling (wk), Colin de Grandhomme, Matt Henry, Kyle Jameson, Ayaz Patel, Trent Boult.