Injury scare for Kane Williamson before 2nd Test against England
Ahead of the second test between England and New Zealand, Kiwi Captain Kane Williamson is set to miss the 2nd Test due to an elbow injury. However, star bowler Trent Boult is available for selection at Edgbaston, confirmed the NZ head coach.
The Black Caps skipper has been suffering from a tendon issue on his left elbow for a while now. This has affected his cricketing presence on the field. The middle-order batsman missed the One Day series in March against Bangladesh and the initial weeks of the fourteenth edition of the IPL, where he represents the Hyderabad outfit. Despite all of these injury concerns, he did lead the National Team for the most recently concluded first test of the England tour at Lord’s.
Kane Williamson ruled out of the second Test against England, Tom Latham will lead New Zealand. #ENGvNZ— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) June 9, 2021
Stead confirmed to the reporters that Williamson had a niggle in his elbow, meanwhile, has also taken treatment for the injury. He added that the best thing for Williamson could either play this match or take some more time to be fit for the all-important World Test Championship final against India.
On the other hand, Trent Boult is expected to feature in this test, as he has completed his quarantine duty earlier than expected due to the relaxed COVID-19 rules in the United Kingdom.
Stead asserted that the Black Caps management could play Trent in the second test match. This is a massive boost for the visitors. He also hopes that in the second test match, Trent can do what he does best. Boult will replace one of the pacers in the bowling attack, Stead confirmed.
Kane Williamson is not the only Kiwi player dealing with injury
Meanwhile, another injury news has come out that left-armed all-rounder Mitchell Santner has been ruled out of selection for the second test. He has had a fresh scar on the cut on his left index finger.
Gary Stead update, Birmingham:— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) June 8, 2021
- Pace bowlers from Lord’s won’t all play 2nd Test
- Trent Boult available & likely to return
- Mitch Santner ruled out with his cut left index finger
- Kane Williamson’s left elbow injury being monitored & a decision to be made tomorrow#ENGvNZ pic.twitter.com/2o46zoXWqw
Stead concluded by affirming that his star bowlers should be fresh and running in the World Test Championship final against India from June 18.