Kane Williamson: To Miss Second Test After Testing Positive For Covid

New Zealand captain will undergo 5 days of isolation, as Rutherford joins the squad as cover

Kane Williamson will miss the second LV= Insurance test against England at River Trent Bridge on Friday, after testing positive for Covid-19 on the eve of the match.

Williamson, New Zealand's captain, took a rapid matter check (RAT) when experiencing minor symptoms on Thursday, and will now begin 5 days of isolation.

Tom Latham will captain the team in his absence, while Hamish Rutherford, currently playing county cricket for Leicestershire, has been drafted into the squad and will join up with the squad in Nottingham on Friday morning.

"It's such a shame for Kane to be forced to withdraw on the eve of such an important match," Gary stead, New Zealand's head coach, said. "We're all feeling for him at this time and know-how disappointed he will be.

"Hamish was with the checking squad earlier in the tour and has been playing for the county Foxes in the T20 Vitality Blast."

The rest of New Zealand's touring party has returned negative RATs and can continue following the tour health protocols of symptom coverage and subsequent testing if required.


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