Joe Root Stars as Williamson is Ruled Out of The Second Test

The Limelight for Joe Root after NZ captain is Ruled Out

Like a wildfire in the forest, so is a team in disarray when a key player is absent. The entire New Zealand Male cricket team is confused after their skipper Kane Williamson tested positive for Covid-19. Fans prepared at to support their favourite team are waiting anxiously for what’s next…

As part of regulations that all players must be tested before being allowed into a country, Kane was found positive after a test was conducted. Before the test, he felt slight symptoms and decided to undergo an antigen test. The test result took a while before confirmation; during this period, the rest of the team tested negative.

Further analysis confirmed him positive for Covid-19; he was immediately confined to a 5-day quarantine period. The news struck the New Zealand team hard as he was a key player in their techniques; the team would greatly feel his absence. However, there is new hope for the team as Tom Latham has been chosen to replace Kane ahead of the second test.  

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The Outcome?

With the replacement of Kane with Tom as the new captain, a slot is open for a new player, which Hamish Rutherford assumed. Talking with the head coach before the match confirmed that it was a painful experience, but the team must proceed. Further, he confirmed that Hamish Rutherford is the best replacement for Kane Williamson, as he has proven himself to be an experienced opener.

In the words of coach Stead, he said, “it’s such a shame for Kane to be forced to withdraw on the eve of such an important match”. He further mentioned, “We are all feeling for him at this time, and know-how disappointed he will be”. Regardless of the unexpected incident, Hamish has come to the rescue.

The team, together with Hamish, all tested negative and are approved to play for the national team – Leicestershire Foxes, in the upcoming T20 Vitality blast. The next match is against England, and the team is ready now more than ever to secure a win. The team is more prepared and would do anything to amend their first loss, especially now that their skipper Kane is absent.

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They suffered a 5-wicket defeat against the 3-lions in what was tagged as the Lord’s test. England’s Male Cricket National team – 3-lions, led by skipper Joe Root with a supportive bowler Matty Potts defeated New Zealand’s team in the first test. During the first test, Joe completed 10,000 runs, which led him to become the second English player and 14th overall to reach the mark. England’s team won the match with 279/5 in 78.5 overs and coupled with Joe’s 115 to secure a win.

Although NZ suffered a loss at the first test, there is a chance of getting a possible win at the second test in England. Further consultations have been made to confirm the return date for Skipper Kane, but no confirmations for now. On a good note, there is high hope that the skipper will return to the team after the 5-day quarantine period.

Jess Shaver
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