New Zealand captain Kane Williamson and bowling all-rounder Mitchell Santner are unlikely to feature in the second Test against England at Edgbaston due to injury concerns.
The NZ management has confirmed Santner’s exit after the left-arm spinner reopened a cut on his index finger. Either Ajaz Patel and or uncapped Rachin Ravindra will replace him in the upcoming game that will kick off on June 10.
As for the Kiwi skipper, NZ coach Gary Stead hinted that Williamson might be sidelined due to his troublesome elbow injury.
“Another decision we’ll have to make is around Kane, his elbow is still niggling away a wee bit. We’ve had some more treatment on that, and we want to make sure it’s the best thing for him, playing in this match versus taking a bit more time to be ready and training the way he needs to train,” the New Zealand coach has said in a recent briefing.
Williamson is the unarguable backbone of Kiwi’s batting despite not making it big in the first Lord’s Test. He scored only 14 runs in the first England Test.
Nonetheless, he averages 80+ in Test cricket this year and that makes him a potent weapon for his side.