New Zealand coach Gary Stead has revealed that Kane Williamson is suffering from an elbow injury. This can be a big blow to New Zealand in the ICC World Test Championship final against India. The WTC final will start next month on June 18. India and New Zealand will lock horns with each other at The Rose Bowl Cricket Stadium in Southampton, England.
Currently, the New Zealand team is touring England for a two-match Test series. The first Test ended in a draw and the 2nd game will commence on June 10.
Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson played in the 1st Test, scoring 1 and 13 in the two innings. Due to his elbow injury, he might miss the 2nd Test against England. Moreover, if the injury turns out to be critical, the right-handed batsman might not be available for the ICC World Test Championship final.
In such a scenario, the New Zealand team will have to find the finest player to replace Kane Williamson in the match. Here we talk about 3 players who can replace Kane Williamson in New Zealand playing XI of ICC World Test Championship final.
3 Players Who Can Replace Kane Williamson In The New Zealand Playing XI Of ICC World Test Championship Final
Tom Blundell will be a good option to replace Kane Williamson in the playing XI. The right-handed batsman has played 8 matches in ICC World Test Championship. He has scored 402 runs in 13 innings along with 1 century and 2 half-centuries. He has an average of 33.50 in the tournament.
In his debut Test match against West Indies, he smashed a century to bag the limelight of everyone. In his overall Test career, Blundell has smashed 538 runs in 16 innings at an average of 38.42. He has smashed 2 hundred and 2 fifties.
The wicket-keeper batsman also has a good record against India in the past. He played 2 Tests against India and scored 117 runs in 4 innings at an average of 39 along with a half-century.