NZ VS SA: New Zealand Will Be Without Kane Williamson in the Test-Series Against South Africa
NZ VS SA: Kane Williamson, the New Zealand skipper, might miss the forthcoming two-match Test series against South Africa at home, according to reports. Williamson is recovering from an elbow tendon issue, and it also led to rule him out of the second Test against India, Mumbai on December 2021. The series against South Africa will be starting on 17th February 2022.
Tom Latham, who led the squad in the Tests against Bangladesh, is anticipated to remain as captain in the Tests against South Africa as well. Williamson also missed New Zealand’s two-Test series against Bangladesh at home last month, which finished in a 1-1 draw. Reports say that the team management does not want to rush Williamson into this series as he is still fresh from his injury recovery. Check our newest cricket tips for this season.
“I hope we can get to a stage where it will be like that, but there’s no guarantee and it’s something we’ve talked about. Kane may just have to adjust how he goes about preparing and maybe not having quite as extensive net sessions in preparation periods. That’s still something to be determined on how the elbow does shape up.”New Zealand head coach Gary Stead said last month.
“The idea is to have no pain at all. In the past couple of times we’ve tried and maybe pushed him a bit early, so we’ve got to be particular around the programme.”concluded coach Stead.
For the Test series against South Africa, New Zealand will also be missing their veteran batsman Ross Taylor. It will be the first time the Blackcaps will play Test cricket without Williamson and a retired Ross Taylor since January 2008.
NZ VS SA: Daryl Mitchell awarded with ICC Spirit of Cricket Award
Due to his gesture in the 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup semi-final against England in Abu Dhabi, Daryl Mitchell of New Zealand is now the recipient of the ICC Spirit of Cricket Award. He received the award for his gesture of refusing to take a run during the 2021 T20 World Cup semi-final against England at Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Stadium on November 10, 2021.
“It’s an honour to receive the ICC Spirit of Cricket Award.”Mitchell said in an official release
Mitchell chose not to take an easy run on the first ball of the 18th over during the semi-final from spinner Adil Rashid, accepting that he obstructed Rashid
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