Kane Williamson ruled out of second Test against India; Latham to lead NZ

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson was ruled out of the second Test against India as he continues to battle the left-elbow injury, which has troubled him for much of 2021. Tom Latham will lead the side in Mumbai.

New Zealand coach Gary Stead confirmed the injury had flared-up during the first Test in Kanpur.

โ€œItโ€™s been a really tough time for Kane having to deal with such a persistent injury,โ€ Stead said in a statement issued by New Zealand Cricket.

โ€œWhile weโ€™ve been able to manage the injury through the year and the T20 World Cup, the shift to Test cricket and the increased batting loading has re-aggravated his elbow,” Stead said.

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โ€œUltimately the injury is still not right and while he got through the Kanpur Test, it was clear playing in the second Test wasnโ€™t an option. We all know how much he loves playing and leading this team, particularly in Test cricket, so itโ€™s a very difficult decision to sit out.

“Itโ€™s been a challenging year for Kane trying to manage his elbow and itโ€™s important we now formulate a good plan with him to ensure the injury does not continue to plague him. He will likely require a sustained period of rest followed by rehabilitation, strengthening and gradual batting loading,โ€ he added.

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