ENG vs NZ: New Zealand Skipper Kane Williamson Rejoins Blackcaps Squad After Completing Isolation Period

Kane Williamson

Kane Williamson, New Zealand’s captain, has returned to the squad ahead of the team’s third Test against England, which will be held in Leeds. On the eve of the second Test match at Trent Bridge, Nottingham, Williamson tested positive for COVID-19, forcing him to withdraw. 

Soon after, Williamson was placed in a five-day isolation period, and Tom Latham took over as captain. The Blackcaps’ official Twitter account provided an update on their captain’s availability, stating that he is expected to return to the starting lineup for the final Test. 

Kane Williamson’s Comeback Huge Boost For New Zealand

Kane Williamson, New Zealand
Kane Williamson. (Photo: AFP)

Williamson’s comeback is a huge boost for New Zealand, who had already lost the series against the hosts. 

After contracting the COVID-19 virus, all-rounder Michael Bracewell, who debuted in the second Test, was ordered into a five-day isolation period earlier today. 

In related news, team physio Vijay Vallabh and fitness coach Chris Donaldson have both tested positive for the same. For a five-day isolation phase, the two join Bracewell. 

At this time, the Blackcaps have announced that no other member of their squad has tested positive. 

Blair Tickner And Dane Cleaver Set To Play In Next Game

Blair Tickner (Image Credits: Twitter)
Blair Tickner (Image Credits: Twitter)

Kyle Jamieson, meanwhile, has been ruled out of the series due to a lower back issue. Blair Tickner, who was with the Test side during the early tour games in England, has been called up as Jamieson’s replacement and will be in the UK before the third Test next week in Leeds.

Tickner’s domestic teammate Dane Cleaver has been called up for his debut Test after taking the place of wicketkeeper Cam Fletcher, who has also been ruled out of the trip due to a grade-two right hamstring strain. Fletcher was injured during fielding on the fourth day of the second Test and is expected to miss six to eight weeks.

New Zealand Yet To Win A Series In Current WTC Cycle

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England vs New Zealand (Credits: Twitter)

Jonny Bairstow broke the record for the second-fastest century by an Englishman in the red-ball format in one of the great Test innings. England scored 299 on the last day, with to Bairstow’s 92-ball 136 and skipper Ben Stokes’ outstanding 70-ball 75, to win the Trent Bridge Test by five wickets. 

With one game remaining, the hosts grabbed a 2-0 series lead against the Kiwis. In the present World Test Championship cycle, the defending champions have yet to win a series. 

The final Test will begin on Thursday at Headingley Cricket Ground in Leeds (June 23). 

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ENG vs NZ: New Zealand’s Michael Bracewell In Isolation After Testing Positive For Covid-19

Michael Bracewell. PC-Getty

New Zealand’s Michael Bracewell tested positive for COVID-19 just a day after the second Test against England at Trent Bridge ended and has been moved into isolation. He joins captain Kane Williamson who had tested positive in the lead-up to the just-concluded second Test.

New Zealand was decimated on day five while defending a tough target of 299 runs as England’s Jonny Bairstow made 136 in 92 balls with 14 fours and 7 sixes to his name, and captain Ben Stokes hammered 75* with 10 fours and 4 sixes, as England chased down the total in 50 overs and five wickets to spare to win the match.

Michael Bracewell. PC-Getty Images
Michael Bracewell. PC-Getty Images

With this win, England went 2-0 up in the three-match series and New Zealand just received some bad news on the fitness and health front.

Michael Bracewell In Isolation After Contracting COVID-19

Michael Bracewell has made his New Zealand Test debut in the recently concluded match and it was revealed that he tested positive for COVID-19 a day after the match concluded.

“Bracewell undertook a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) after waking up with symptoms. He will require five days of isolation before rejoining the group ahead of the final Test at Headingley in Leeds starting Thursday June 23,” an official statement read.

The rest of the Kiwi squad will be tested today (Wednesday, June 15) and “will continue following the tour health protocols of symptom reporting and subsequent testing if required.” New Zealand hasn’t sought a replacement player.

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Kyle Jamieson (Image Credit: Twitter)

Meanwhile, they will be without the services of pacer Kyle Jamieson, who will return home after suffering from a stress reaction in his lower back, meaning he will miss next week’s third and final Test at Headingley.

MRI scans revealed the extent of his injury after Jamieson pulled up mid-over experiencing sharp pain in his lower back on the third evening of the second Test and he didn’t return to the field until the fifth morning after being passed fit to bat, coming into New Zealand’s second innings at No.10 but exiting for a six-ball duck.

He didn’t bowl as England hammered New Zealand by achieving the 299-run target in a stunning display of aggressive batting.

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ENG vs NZ: New Zealand Pacer Kyle Jamieson Ruled Out Of The Test Series Owing To Stress-reaction To His Lower Left Back

Kyle Jamieson, ICC World Test Championship

After an MRI scan indicated a stress reaction in his lower left back, New Zealand bowler Kyle Jamieson has been ruled out of the upcoming Test series against England. 

England won the series with a thrilling victory in the second Test at Trent Bridge, owing to Jonny Bairstow’s 136 off 92 on Day 5 of the match. With Kyle Jamieson, New Zealand’s best bowler during their five-wicket loss in the first Test at Lord’s, unable to bowl due to lower back discomfort on the third evening of the match, the tourists began to seem desperate for ideas.   

Kyle Jamieson
Kyle Jamieson (Image: Twitter)

Kyle Jamieson Out For 4-6 Weeks

New Zealand coach Gary Stead said he’ll need four to six weeks off before starting a rehabilitation programme, with a return to play in September or October a possibility. 

Kyle Jamieson
Kyle Jamieson (Image Credit: Twitter)

“Kyle had played such a big role in the first Test at Lord’s and I know how disappointed he was to have had his involvement in the second Test curtailed,” said Stead. 

“He’s obviously a huge asset for us and we’ll be making sure we are patient with his recovery to ensure he returns fully fit with plenty more important cricket still to come later this year.” 

Blair Tickner To Replace Kyle Jamieson In New Zealand Squad

Blair Tickner, who was with the Test side during the early tour games in England, has been summoned into the team as Jamieson’s substitute and will be in the UK before the third Test in Leeds next week. 

Blair Tickner (Image Credits: Twitter)
Blair Tickner (Image Credits: Twitter)

Dane Cleaver, Tickner’s domestic teammate, has been called up for his first Test after replacing wicket-keeper Cam Fletcher, who has also been ruled out of the tour due to a grade-two right hamstring strain. Fletcher suffered the injury while fielding on the fourth day of the second Test and will be out for six to eight weeks. 

The third Test match between England and New Zealand will take place in Leeds on June 23. 

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