BJ Watling ruled out of second Test against England (BJ Watling/Instagram)
Tom Blendal will replace him at number six in place of BJ Watling and will also take over the responsibility of wicketkeeping. Watling has suffered a back injury.
New Delhi. Ahead of the World Test Championship, New Zealand are facing one setback after another. New Zealand captain Kane Williamson has been ruled out of the second Test against England due to a left elbow injury. Now New Zealand wicketkeeper-batsman BJ Watling has also been ruled out of the second Test against England (England vs New Zealand) due to injury. Kane Williamson, however, is said to have been ruled out after suffering an injury so that he can rest ahead of the World Test Championship final against India.
Tom Blendal will replace him at number six in place of Watling and will also take over the responsibility of wicketkeeping. Watling has suffered a back injury. Apart from BJ Watling and Kane Williamson, Mitchell Santner is also injured and will not be part of the second Test. Santner injured his finger in the first Test against England at Lord’s.
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At the same time, left-handed batsman Tom Latham will captain in place of Williamson in the Test starting June 10. Latham will take charge of New Zealand for the third time. Will Young will replace Williamson in the playing XI. Coach Gary Stead said Williamson had been troubled by the injury for some time. He said, “It was not an easy decision for Ken, but it is the right decision.”
He said, “This decision has been taken keeping in mind the ICC World Test Championship. We are sure that he will be fit by the time the match starts on June 18.” Latham said in the press conference before the second Test against England, “I am sure he will play the World Test Championship final. We have given them rest as a precaution. He needs to be fully fit before the World Test Championship.
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Regarding resting Neil Wagner, Tim Southee and Kyle Jamieson, he said, “Our eyes are on the final which is a very important match for us. In this we have to perform in which we can be proud. We will take a decision on that on 11 or 12.” The World Test Championship final will be played in Southampton from 18 June.