New Zealand captain Kane Williamson will play the second Test against India after he was unable to train with his team in Kolkata on Thursday.
Williamson, the world’s No. 2 ranked Test batsman, had been feeling unwell and was laying low at the team hotel while they went through their paces the day before the match started at Eden Gardens.
Tom Latham indicated they were still expecting their skipper to play.
“Kane is a little bit crook today so he won’t be training,” the New Zealand opening batsman said.
“There is no discomfort, he is just down with a bug. Nothing too major, he is just resting up and getting right for tomorrow.”
So, if New Zealand loss Kane Williamson it would be a blow for the tourists would be something of an understatement.
The No 3 averages more than 50 in Test cricket and is not only the team’s best batsman but also one of their best players of spin, which is crucial to success in Indian conditions.
Williamson scored 75 and 25 in the first Test where New Zealand lost the match by 197 runs. If Williamson can’t make the final XI then Henry Nicholls will get a chance.
The young batsman is the only specialist batting back up left in the New Zealand rank after all rounder Jimmy Neesham was again ruled out with an abdominal strain.
Nicholls has played six Tests since making his debut against Australia in Wellington in February this year, notching two fifties and averaging 27.62.
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