Kane Williamson was ruled out of the second Test against England due to an elbow injury. Tom Latham is the stand-in Captain for the second test match of the series which starts at Edgbaston on Thursday.
Tom Latham has given the statement in the pre-match press conference that Kane will be available for the World Test Championship (WTC). In the press meet he further stated
“I am sure he will be back. From our point of view, it is a precautionary thing. We would love for him to be available for this game but we have also got the eye on the (WTC) final in a week’s time.”
“So it is about Kane giving himself the best opportunity to be fully fit and available for that game. The decision was made for him to rest this one and get that right for the final,” Tom Latham further added.
Gary Stead, the New Zealand coach informed that Williamson had experienced irritation while batting (in his elbow), and hence the decision was taken to let him recover for the WTC final which about to hosted on June 18. Stead told :
“It’s not an easy decision for Kane to have to miss a Test, but we think it’s the right one. He’s had an injection in his elbow to relieve the irritation he’s been experiencing when he bats and a period of rest and rehabilitation will help maximise his recovery. The decision has been made very much with the ICC World Test Championship Final at Southampton in mind and we are confident he will be ready for that match.”
Though Williamson had been ruled out of the second Test, experienced campaigner,left-arm pacer Trent Boult is looking forward to make a return, after missing the Lord’s Test.