New Zealand captain Kane Williamson has been ruled out of the second Test against England at Trent Bridge with Tom Latham set to replace him as captain.
The Kiwis are 1-0 down in the series after the hosts claimed a five-wicket victory in the opener at Lord’s to start the Ben Stokes/Brendon McCullum era in style but will now have to bounce back in Nottingham without their skipper and one of the world’s best batters.
New Zealand coach Gary Stead confirmed yesterday evening that Williamson had been withdrawn from the squad for the second Test after testing positive for Covid-19.
“We’re absolutely gutted for Kane and the team are really disappointed for him,” said Stead.
“Hamish Rutherford will join the squad as a replacement for Kane. Tom Latham will take over the captaincy of the team.
“The rest of the team have tested negative tonight so are all available, at this stage, for the match.”
Rutherford has been called into the squad as Williamson’s replacement but batting all-rounder Michael Bracewell could well be the player that takes the skipper’s place in the XI in what will be his Test debut.
Everyone at the Barmy Army wishes Kane a swift recovery!