New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson is likely to be away from cricket for close to two months due to an elbow injury. The right-hand batter was ruled out of the second Test against India due to the same. New Zealand missed their talismanic batter as they lost the match by 372 runs in Mumbai.
Recurring elbow issues have been an issue for Williamson for the past two to three months. However, he managed to play the 20-20 World Cup and the Kanpur Test against India. New Zealand head coach Gary Stead opened about Williamson’s injury and said that the injury does not require a surgery but Williamson needs some rest to regain peak fitness.
“Kane’s going along Okay. Last time after the World Test Championship final and before the IPL and 20-20 World Cup was about eight to nine weeks. I expect it’s somewhere in that time frame again. We’re trying not to put time frames on it at this stage,” stuff.co.nz quoted Stead as saying.
“I think surgery is unlikely. All that surgery would do is ensure that rehab is done. If we don’t have to cut a tendon, our choice is not to do that. Kane’s doing it tough, don’t get me wrong. He loves for playing New Zealand – he hates the thought of missing any cricket, let alone Test cricket for New Zealand,” he added.
New Zealand will next be seen in action against Bangladesh for a two-match Test series. It is also the start of a bumper cricketing home summer for the team. After the Bangladesh series, New Zealand will travel Down Under to play three ODIs and one T20I starting from January 30 . Williamson is certain to miss the upcoming assignments. Tom Latham and Tim Southee will likely lead the sides in Tests and shorter formats against Bangladesh and Australia respectively.