Black Caps skipper Kane Williamson out of second test v India through injury

The Black Caps will be without captain Kane Williamson for the second test against India and possibly much of the home international summer through injury.

Williamson – who has been battling a persistent elbow injury in recent seasons which bothered him during the Twenty20 World Cup last month – was left out of the NZ XI for the second test in Mumbai which had a delayed start on Friday.

“His left elbow tendon flared up again through the last test,” NZ head coach Gary Stead said.

New Zealands captain Kane Williamson will miss the second test in Mumbai through injury.

Altaf Qadri/AP

New Zealands captain Kane Williamson will miss the second test in Mumbai through injury.

“He was obviously in considerable discomfit throughout the test and since then, subsequently, it hasn’t got better at all.”

* Live: Black Caps vs India, second test day one at Mumbai
* Chris Cairns interview: ‘I know I may never walk again – but I’m lucky to be alive’
* Black Caps burning questions: Will there be changes for the second test against India?

“It looks like it could be for a sustained period.”

While he played all of New Zealand’s matches as they got to the final before losing to Australia – a game in which the captain starred with the bat – Williamson was unable to train in between games.

He played the first test of the two-test series in Kanpur.


Launch of 100 days to Women’s Cricket World Cup

“It’s been a challenging year for Kane trying to manage his elbow and it’s important we now formulate a good plan with him to ensure the injury does not continue to plague him,” Stead said.

“He will likely require a sustained period of rest followed by rehabilitation, strengthening and gradual batting loading.”

Tom Latham will likely captain New Zealand in the second test in Mumbai, which was unable to start on time at 5pm NZ time due to a wet outfield after two days of heavy rain in the Indian city. Umpires were scheduled to inspect the ground again at 6pm NZ time.

Meanwhile, Ajinkya Rahane, Ishant Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja have been ruled out of the Indian side.

The trio all suffered injuries in the first test.

– more to come

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *