New Zealand suffer HUGE blow as captain Kane Williamson is ruled out of the second Test towards England after testing constructive for Covid-19 on the eve of the match at Trent Bridge
- Kane Williamson has been changed within the staff by Hamish Rutherford
- Opening batsman Tom Latham will deputise for Williamson in his absence
- New Zealand path 1-0 within the three-match sequence forward of the second Test
- They’ve already misplaced all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme by way of damage
New Zealand have been dealt an enormous blow of their bid to degree the sequence towards England after captain Kane Williamson was ruled out of the second Test following a constructive take a look at for Covid-19 on the eve of the conflict at Trent Bridge.
Williamson skilled minor signs on Thursday and can now spend the subsequent 5 days in isolation.
In a press release, New Zealand Cricket stated: ‘The remaining of the touring occasion have returned detrimental RATs and can proceed following the tour well being protocols of symptom reporting and subsequent testing if required.’
Kane Williamson has examined constructive for Covid-19 and can miss the second Test towards England
Hamish Rutherford replaces Williamson within the squad for the match in Nottingham, which begins on Friday.
New Zealand should win to keep away from shedding the sequence after they had been crushed by 5 wickets within the first Test at Lord’s, thanks largely to an impressive century from former captain Joe Root.
Opening batsman Tom Latham will act as captain within the absence of Williamson.
Williamson is thought of one of the world’s prime batters and can be sorely missed by vacationers
Tom Latham will captain New Zealand within the absence of 31-year-old Williamson
‘It’s such a disgrace for Kane to be compelled to withdraw on the eve of such an vital match,’ stated New Zealand coach Gary Stead.
‘We’re all feeling for him at the moment and understand how dissatisfied he can be.
‘Hamish was with the Test squad earlier within the tour and has been enjoying for the Leicestershire Foxes within the Vitality T20 Blast.’
His withdrawal is the most recent dent to New Zealand’s hopes. All-rounder Colin de Grandhomme was ruled out of the rest of the sequence after pulling up injured whereas bowling within the first Test.
Williamson’s absence will hit New Zealand arduous as he is thought of one of the world’s greatest batsmen and has a median of 52.81 after scoring 7,289 runs in his 87 Test matches.