England vs New Zealand, 2nd Test: BJ Watling Ruled Out, Tom Blundell To Don Wicket-Keeping Gloves | Cricket News

BJ Watling has been dominated out of New Zealand’s second Test towards England.© AFP

New Zealand Cricket (NZC) on Thursday confirmed that wicketkeeper-batsman BJ Watling has been dominated out of the second Test against England. “BLACKCAPS wicket-keeper BJ Watling is a late withdrawal from the second Test against England in Birmingham, after failing to overcome a sore back,” the NZC stated in an official assertion. “The injury has troubled Watling in the past and although it has improved in the past 24 hours, it hasn’t improved enough to be confident of him getting through a full Test behind the stumps.”

“Wellington Firebirds wicket-keeper batsman Tom Blundell will take the gloves and bat six in his 11th Test,” the assertion said.

On Wednesday, it was confirmed that skipper Kane Williamson had been ruled out from the second Test towards England.

Williamson has been dominated out as he rests his irritated left elbow. He has been managing the damage since first lacking matches in March this yr and coach Gary Stead stated it was nonetheless troubling him.

“It is not an easy decision for Kane to have to miss a Test, but we think it is the right one,” head coach Gary Stead stated in an official assertion.

“He has had an injection in his elbow to alleviate the irritation he has been experiencing when he bats and a interval of relaxation and rehabilitation will assist maximise his restoration. The resolution has been made very a lot with the ICC World Test Championship Final at Southampton in thoughts and we’re assured he can be prepared for that match beginning on June 18,” he added.

Tom Latham will captain the facet for the third time in Williamson’s absence, whereas Will Young comes into the beginning XI and can bat at quantity three.


The first Test between England and New Zealand had resulted in a draw and each the groups will now play within the second Test, starting Thursday at Edgbaston.

After the sequence towards England, New Zealand will play India within the ultimate of the World Test Championship (WTC), starting June 18 on the Ageas Bowl, Southampton.

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