Williamson ruled out of second Test after positive Covid-19 test

New Zealand suffer HUGE blow as captain Kane Williamson is ruled out of the second Test against England after testing positive for Covid-19 on the eve of the match at Trent Bridge

  • Kane Williamson has been replaced in the team by Hamish Rutherford
  • Opening batsman Tom Latham will deputise for Williamson in his absence
  • New Zealand trail 1-0 in the three-match series ahead of the second Test
  • They have already lost all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme through injury 

New Zealand have been dealt a huge blow in their bid to level the series against England after captain Kane Williamson was ruled out of the second Test following a positive test for Covid-19 on the eve of the clash at Trent Bridge.

Williamson experienced minor symptoms on Thursday and will now spend the next five days in isolation.

In a statement, New Zealand Cricket said: ‘The rest of the touring party have returned negative RATs and will continue following the tour health protocols of symptom reporting and subsequent testing if required.’ 

Kane Williamson has tested positive for Covid-19 and will miss the second Test against England

Hamish Rutherford replaces Williamson in the squad for the match in Nottingham, which begins on Friday. 

New Zealand must win to avoid losing the series after they were beaten by five wickets in the first Test at Lord’s, thanks largely to a magnificent century from former captain Joe Root.

Opening batsman Tom Latham will act as captain in the absence of Williamson.

Williamson is considered one of the world’s top batters and will be sorely missed by the tourists

Tom Latham will captain New Zealand in the absence of 31-year-old Williamson

‘It’s such a shame for Kane to be forced to withdraw on the eve of such an important match,’ said New Zealand coach Gary Stead.

‘We’re all feeling for him at this time and know how disappointed he will be.

‘Hamish was with the Test squad earlier in the tour and has been playing for the Leicestershire Foxes in the Vitality T20 Blast.’

His withdrawal is the latest dent to New Zealand’s hopes. All-rounder Colin de Grandhomme was ruled out of the remainder of the series after pulling up injured while bowling in the first Test.

Williamson’s absence will hit New Zealand hard as he is considered one of the world’s best batsman and has an average of 52.81 after scoring 7,289 runs in his 87 Test matches. 

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