June 16, 2024

HAMILTON, NEW ZEALAND - DECEMBER 03: Kane Williamson of New Zealand looks on during day one of the First Test match in the series between New Zealand and the West Indies at Seddon Park on December 03, 2020 in Hamilton, New Zealand. (Photo by Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images)

Ahead of the second Test between England and New Zealand, the New Zealand team has suffered a setback. Actually, NZ team captain Kane Williamson has been ruled out of the second Test. He has been found corona positive a day before the match. In his absence, New Zealand will now be captained by Tom Latham at Trent Bridge. However, Hamish Rutherford has been included in the squad as his replacement.

New Zealand’s head coach Gary Stead said on the occasion that “Kane’s compulsion to withdraw before the second Test on the eve of such an important match is disappointing.” How disappointed he will be.” Hamish was with the NZ Test team before the tour and was playing for Leicestershire Foxes in the T20 Blast.

The first Test against England was not easy for New Zealand. The team had to face defeat by 5 wickets in that Test at the hands of England. New Zealand’s batting was completely flopped in that match. While the team could score only 132 runs in the first innings, New Zealand could only manage 285 runs in the second innings thanks to Daryl Mitchell’s 108 runs. Kane Williamson failed in both the innings and was dismissed by debutant Matt Pats. He scored 2 runs in the first innings and 15 runs in the second innings.

Due to being corona positive before the second test, he will now have to isolate for 5 days and it is expected that he will return once again in the third test starting on June 23.

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