New Zealand’s injury failures continued to rise on Thursday as their goalkeeper BJ Watling was ruled out of the second test against England with a back injury just minutes before Thursday’s game.
The decision to rest him for the match was made after Watling complained of back pain and the situation did not improve for 24 hours.
It is unclear whether the first choice of goalkeeper will be available for the opening final of the World Cup against India on June 18.
Tom Blundel will take on the task of fighting the door for the second test, this will be his 11th test cap. Formerly skipper Kane Williamson and spinner Mitchell Santner they had also rested for the game with various injuries.
“Captain Kane Williamson will miss the second test of the BLACKCAPS tour of England while resting with his irritated left elbow, “said a statement from the New Zealand Cricket (NZC).
Williamson has been managing the injury since March, when he missed the limited-edition home series against Bangladesh, as well as the first few games of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021.
“It’s not an easy decision for Kane to miss a test, but we think it’s the right one,” said coach Gary Staid.
“He received an injection in his elbow to relieve the irritation he felt when he stuck, and the period of rest and rehabilitation will help his maximum recovery,” Sted added in a statement from NZC.
However, Stead said that Williamson will be ready for the final of the World Test Championship (WTC) against India, which begins on June 18 in Southampton.