Williamson could not perform well in both the innings of the first Test against England. (AFP)
WTC Final 2021: The final of the World Test Championship will be played between India and New Zealand from 18 June. A week before this, Kiwi captain Kane Williamson has been injured. Williamson is not part of the Kiwi squad in the second Test against England.
New Delhi. New Zealand captain Kane Williamson was ruled out of the second Test against England due to a left elbow injury. Williamson has taken this decision in view of the World Test Championship final (WTC Final 2021) against India. Williamson wants to rest before the final. Kiwi coach Gary Stead said that Williamson was troubled by the injury for some time. The coach said that he is sure that Williamson will be fit by the time the match starts on June 18. If Williamson does not play against India, then the Kiwi team may have to suffer a lot.
New Zealand’s second successful Test captain
Williamson, who has played 84 Test matches, has been commanding the Kiwi team since 2016. New Zealand have won 21 matches in 36 Test matches under the captaincy of Kane Williamson. There have been defeats in 8 test matches while seven tests have been drawn. Williamson captained India in four Test matches, losing two and winning two. Williamson is New Zealand’s second successful Test captain. Only Stephen Fleming (28 Tests) has won more matches than him. Williamson is considered a very calm captain. He had led his team to the final in the 2019 World Cup but missed out on the title. If Williamson does not play against India, then New Zealand will miss him a lot as captain.
Currently the number one batsman in the worldKane Williamson is the number one batsman in the ICC Test Rankings. However, the Kiwi captain was a flop in both the innings of the first test match against England. Williamson was dismissed after scoring 13 runs in the first innings and just one run in the second innings. Before this Test match, Williamson played only one match against Pakistan this year and scored 238 runs. Williamson has scored 728 runs in 11 Test matches against India at an average of 36 and with two centuries.
The Kiwi team’s batsmen have played only four Test matches against India in the last five years. In such a situation, if Williamson is not there, there will be a lot of impact on the batting of the team. Williamson is the only batsman in New Zealand’s Test team to play every match in the IPL. Sunrisers Hyderabad captain Williamson has a good experience of playing Indian bowlers.
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Tom Latham will captain
Left-handed batsman Tom Latham will replace Williamson as the captain in the Test starting today. Latham will take charge of New Zealand for the third time. Will Young will replace Williamson in the playing XI. Latham said in a press conference before the second Test against England, “I am sure he will play the World Test Championship final. We have given him rest as a precaution. He must be fully fit before the World Test Championship.