New Delhi: Team India has to face New Zealand in the final of the World Test Championship a few days from now. Before this big match, the Kiwi team is playing a two-match Test series against England. The first Test of the series ended in a draw. Before the second Test, New Zealand has suffered two major setbacks.
Watling is now injured
New Zealand wicket-keeper batsman BJ Watling will miss the second Test against England due to a back injury. Watling’s back pain did not improve, due to which wicketkeeper batsman Tom Blundell was included in the team in his place on Thursday. New Zealand Cricket said in a statement, ‘This injury has been bothering Watling in the past, although it has improved in the last 24 hours, it is not so good that he will be able to stand behind the wickets during the entire Test.’
Will retire after WTC final
The 35-year-old, who has played 74 Tests, 28 ODIs and five T20 Internationals for New Zealand, announced earlier this month that he would retire from all forms of cricket after the World Test Championship final (WTC) against India. Will take
Captain Williamson is also injured
New Zealand will play the second Test against England without their regular captain Kane Williamson as they look to make a full recovery from an elbow pain ahead of the World Test Championship (WTC) final. After the second Test against England, the team will leave for Southampton for the WTC final to be held from 18 June.