Kiwi Captain Williamson To Miss Second Test

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson will not play in the second Test against England at Edgbaston, so that he can rest his recurring elbow injury.

This is the same issue that caused him to miss the ODI series against Bangladesh in March.

This will cause in the shape of the New Zealand side, who have all eyes set on the World Test Championship final.

Will Young will come bat at number three, Trent Boult is back and available for selection and Tom Latham will assume captaining duties.

Williamson is not the only injury the Kiwis have to contend with. Mitchell Santner received a cut on his index finger, meaning he will likely miss out also.

With the World Test Final starting in a matter of weeks in Southampton, this is worrying for the Kiwis. Despite the injury threats present, New Zealand are confident that world number 1 Williamson will be fit and firing in time for the titanic match against India.

New Zealand coach Gary Stead said the following:

"It's not an easy decision for Kane to have to miss a Test, but we think it's the right one," said Stead.

"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.

"The decision has been made very much with the World Test Championship final in mind."

England will be delighted to see the back of Kane Williamson, with eyes set on bouncing back from a lacklustre performance at Lord's.


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