With one eye on the ICC World Test Championship Final vs India in Southampton starting June 18, New Zealand Cricket confirmed that the injured Kane Williamson would be rested for the upcoming second Test vs England in Edgbaston.
Tom Latham will be stepping in as Williamson's replacement as the captain.
The BlackCaps official Social Media handle posted a photo of Williamson ands Latham with the news:
"Williamson ruled out of second Test | Latham to captain
Captain Kane Williamson will miss the second Test of the G.J. Gardner Homes BLACKCAPS Tour of England as he rests his irritated left-elbow. Williamson has been managing the injury since first missing matches in March.
Tom Latham will captain the Test side for the third time in Williamson’s absence, while Will Young comes into the starting XI and will bat at number three."
"It's not an easy decision for Kane to have to miss a Test, but we think it's the right one," said Gary Stead, New Zealand's Head Coach. "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 starting on June 18."
JUST IN: Kane Williamson has been ruled out of the second #ENGvNZ Test with an elbow issue.— ICC (@ICC) June 9, 2021
Tom Latham will captain the side in his absence. pic.twitter.com/gGhFM39drs