Big blow for New Zealand as captain Kane Williamson tests positive for Covid

Author: Yuvi June 10, 2022

England vs New Zealand, 2nd Test: Big blow for New Zealand as captain Kane Williamson tests positive for Covid-19

After losing the first Test against England at Lord’s, New Zealand suffered a major setback ahead of the second Test as Kiwi captain Kane Williamson tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday. He has been ruled out of the Trent Bridge Test.

UPDATE: Coach Gary Stead confirmed that captain Kane Williamson will not play in the second Test against England in Nottingham on Friday, after testing positive for Covid-19 the night before the match. Hamish Rutherford will replace him in the team #ENGvNZ

— BlackCaps (@BLACKCAPS) June 9, 2022

New Zealand head coach Gary Stead gave an update on the charismatic captain of the World Test Championship team on the eve of the match, saying that Hamish Rutherford would replace him in the team.

New Zealand Cricket (NZC) tweeted, “Coach Gary Stead confirms that Captain Kane Williamson will miss the 2nd Test against England in Nottingham on Friday, after testing positive for COVID-19 the night before the match. Hamish Rutherford will replace him in the team #ENGvNZ.”

The NZC said Williamson underwent a rapid antigen test (RAT) after experiencing minor symptoms during the day and would now begin five days of isolation.

The rest of the touring party has returned negative RAT and will continue to follow the touring health protocol of reporting symptoms and subsequent testing, if necessary.

“It’s a shame for Kane to be forced to withdraw on the eve of such an important match,” Stead said in a video posted on the NZC website.

“We all feel for him at the moment and know how disappointed he will be. Hamish was with the Test team in the first tour and is playing for Leicestershire Foxes in the T20 Vitality Blast,” Stead said.

Tom Latham will captain the team in Williamson’s absence.

Former England captain Joe Root scored a brilliant unbeaten century as New Zealand suffered a five-wicket defeat in the first of the three Tests at Lord’s, while Williamson scored lower in both innings.

10 June, 2022, 11:30 am

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