The Kiwi team suffered a major setback before the second Test match between England and New Zealand at Edgebest. The wicketkeeper-batsman of the team, BJ Watling, has been ruled out of the second Test due to a back problem. In his place, Tom Blendel will play the role of wicketkeeper. The first Test between the two teams at Lord’s Ground ended in a draw. New Zealand captain Kane Williamson has already been ruled out of this Test due to injury.
BJ Watling has been ruled out in the latter #ENGvNZ Check for a back injury.
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– ICC (@ ICC) June 10, 2021
BJ Watling has a groin groove that was unavailable for the second Test at Edgbest. New Zealand’s performance in the first Test was very good. For the team, Devon Conway hit a double century in his batting debut, while Tim Southee took five wickets for the second time at Lord’s. After this Test, New Zealand will have to play the final of the World Test Championships from June 18 to 22.
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Tom Lanham will appear as captain of the New Zealand team in the second Test against England. Kane Williamson is out of this Test due to injury. At the same time, spin bowler Mitchell Santner does not appear to be playing in this match as he is not fit. The return of fast bowler Trent Boult, who missed the first Test, is believed to be certain in the second Test. It is believed that the team can rest Tim Southee and allow Bolt to play in the XI.