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NZ captain Williamson out of second Check

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NZ captain Williamson out of second Test

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson will miss the second Check towards England at Trent Bridge beginning on Friday after the Black Caps captain examined constructive for COVID-19 on the eve of the match.

New Zealand Cricket mentioned Williamson used a fast antigen take a look at after experiencing minor signs and he has begun 5 days of isolation.

Coach Gary Stead confirmed Hamish Rutherford will be part of the squad as Williamson’s substitute, and Tom Latham will captain the facet in Williamson’s absence.

“It is such a disgrace for Kane to be pressured to withdraw on the eve of such an necessary match,” Stead mentioned.

“We’re all feeling for him at the moment and know the way upset he will probably be.

“Hamish was with the Check squad earlier within the tour and has been enjoying for the Leicestershire Foxes within the Vitality T20 Blast.”

The remainder of the touring occasion have returned destructive fast antigen take a look at outcomes and can proceed following the tour well being protocols of symptom reporting and subsequent testing if required.

Williamson’s facet is preventing to maintain the collection alive in Nottingham this week and his absence is a blow to their hopes of levelling the scores.

England triumphed over New Zealand within the first Check at Lord’s with a match-winning century from former captain Joe Root.

Williamson earlier mentioned he was upset by feedback from ICC chair Greg Barclay, who mentioned there might be a discount of Check cricket within the close to future.

Barclay, a Kiwi administrator who took workplace on the ICC in 2020, ruffled feathers throughout final week’s Lord’s Check when he instructed the following four-year cycle of worldwide fixtures would imply many full member nations play fewer Exams.

He warned of “unlucky penalties” attributable to the rise of Twenty20 leagues and indicated the schedule for international locations exterior the monetary powerhouses of India, England and Australia can be impacted.

That concept left a bitter style for Williamson, who captained the Black Caps to victory in final 12 months’s inaugural World Check Championship.

“We love our Check cricket, as do all of the international locations which have the chance to do it.

“Most of us come from an space the place it’s the pinnacle of the sport and that is actually how we really feel.

“We wish to see extra of it and hope that, with the opposite codecs that are additionally nice, curiosity within the recreation grows. That will be splendid.”

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