Birmingham: New Zealand spinner Mitchell Santner has been ruled out of the second and final Test against hosts England starting Thursday at the Edgbaston ground in Birmingham, while skipper Kane Williamson is also not set to play in the match.
Big blow to New Zealand ahead of WTC final
Injuries to two New Zealand players ahead of the World Test Championship against India starting June 18 in Southampton is not a good sign for them. Santner suffered a finger injury during the first Test at Lord’s last week and the finger started bleeding. Williamson also suffered an elbow injury during the same Test.
Williamson troubled by elbow injury
New Zealand captain Williamson has been troubled by an elbow injury for the past few months. Due to this, he could not play in the limited overs series against Bangladesh at home as well as in the opening matches of the Indian Premier League (IPL). New Zealand coach Gary Stead said, ‘People may have seen the injury mark on his finger. There was a lot of blood on his pants. We thought it was fine, but obviously we need a little more time for that to happen and that definitely affected his ability in the match as well.
New Zealand team management in trouble
Stead said that the team management wants to give as much time as possible to Williamson to get fit. He said, ‘His (Williamson’s) elbow is still bothering him a little. We have treated him some more and we just want to make sure that it is the best thing for him.