New Zealand captain Kane Williamson will miss the second and ultimate Test in opposition to England at Edgbaston to relaxation his troublesome left elbow.
The 30-year-old missed the Black Caps’ one-day collection in opposition to Bangladesh in March with the identical difficulty.
Opening batsman Tom Latham will captain the vacationers in Williamson’s absence.
Will Young will come into the aspect to bat at quantity three, with tempo bowler Trent Boult additionally anticipated to return for the sport, which begins on Thursday.
Left-armer Boult solely arrived within the UK on Friday, in the course of the drawn first Test, with New Zealand coach Gary Stead saying earlier than the collection he didn’t count on him to characteristic in opposition to England.
However, the Kiwis look more likely to rotate their tempo assault as they put together for the World Test Championship ultimate in opposition to India in Southampton subsequent week.
Left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner will miss out after sustaining a minimize to his left index finger in the course of the first Test.
New Zealand are assured that Williamson, the world’s number-one rated Test batsman, will probably be match to play within the ultimate.
“It’s not an easy decision for Kane to have to miss a Test, but we think it’s the right one,” stated Stead.
“He’s had an injection in his elbow to relieve the irritation he’s been experiencing when he bats and a period of rest and rehabilitation will help maximise his recovery.
“The choice has been made very a lot with the World Test Championship ultimate in thoughts.”