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Huge blow: Black Caps captain ruled out of series decider

Author
Andrew Alderson,
Publish Date
Fri, 10 Jun 2022, 10:34am
Black Caps captain Kane Williamson during the first test against England at Lord's. Photo / Photosport
Black Caps captain Kane Williamson during the first test against England at Lord's. Photo / Photosport

Huge blow: Black Caps captain ruled out of series decider

Author
Andrew Alderson,
Publish Date
Fri, 10 Jun 2022, 10:34am

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson will miss the second cricket test against England in Nottingham starting tonight, after testing positive for Covid-19.

He undertook a rapid antigen test after experiencing minor symptoms during the day and will now begin five days of isolation.

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.

Hamish Rutherford will join the squad tomorrow morning as Williamson's replacement.

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

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

"Rutherford was with the test squad earlier in the tour and has been playing for Leicestershire in the T20 Blast."

The news continues a run of misfortune for Williamson. He missed the second test against India with a recurring elbow injury, which extended to the entire home summer.

Rutherford now comes into the reckoning for a first test appearance in the format since meeting Sri Lanka in Wellington during January 2015.

Alternatively, Michael Bracewell could be added to the middle order of the XI as the country's 283rd test player.