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New Zealand Captain Kane Williamson Set To Miss Test Series against South Africa



New Zealand Captain Kane Williamson Set To Miss Test Series against South Africa

New Zealand Captain Kane Williamson Set To Miss Test Series against South Africa: The New Zealand team misses their classic skipper for the two tests against South Africa. While Kane Williamson is making useful progress in his rehabilitation from an elbow injury which has ruled him out of the last three tests for the Black Caps.

The test series against the Proteas starting in Christchurch on February 17 is likely to be regarded as too early to push him into top-flight action, Stuff understands.

The New Zealand squad for the two tests is expected to be named late this week and is set to have Tom Latham as captain again in Williamson’s absence.

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However, with Ross Taylor having played his last test in the victory over Bangladesh at Hagley Oval last month. It’s poised to be the first test New Zealand has played without neither Taylor or Williamson since January 2008.

Williamson was a late withdrawal from the Black Caps XI for the second test against India in Mumbai in December. He wasn’t considered for the squad which drew the two-test series 1-1 against Bangladesh last month.

Black Caps coach Gary Stead said in mid-January that Williamson would resume hitting throwdowns in limited 10-minute intervals. But New Zealand Cricket would continue to take a cautious approach, wanting to slowly ease him along with his recovery to ensure there are no setbacks.

It’s understood the two tests may provide too taxing a workload for the 31-year-old at this stage and potentially risk his fitness for the rest of a busy year for the Black Caps, which includes a three-test series away to England in June and the Twenty20 World Cup starting in Australia in October.

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The idea is to have no pain at all,” Stead said last month.

“In the past couple of times we’ve tried and maybe pushed him a bit early, so we’ve got to be particular around the programme.”

Stead was optimistic Williamson could eventually overcome the elbow injury, rather than it being something he had to manage over the rest of his career.

“I hope we can get to a stage where it will be like that. But there’s no guarantee and it’s something we’ve talked about. Kane may just have to adjust how he goes about preparing and maybe not have quite as extensive net sessions in preparation periods. That’s still something to be determined on how the elbow does shape up.”

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Of the major test-playing men’s sides, only Williamson and Pakistan’s Babar Azam are the only players to regularly captain their teams in all three formats – tests, one-day internationals, and T20s. And the injury, which also saw him miss a Test against England last year before starring in the World Test Championship final triumph over India and the T20 World Cup final versus Australia. They May require a reassessment of his leadership and multiple-format commitments for the national side.


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