Kane Williamson will be missing the second Test against West Indies as he goes on Paternity leave.
The Test begins shortly, and Williamson has decided to pull-out to be a part of a special moment.
New Zealand coach Gary Stead has backed the decision to go on paternity leave.
Gary Stead has already spoken about how he was okay with Kane Williamson missing some games.
He said the moment is a significant one and a once in a lifetime opportunity, which he doesn’t want his players to miss.
The absence was expected, but when he would be absent was not discussed yet.
The decision is announced shortly before the second Test, as his name was expected to be on the team sheet.
Kane Williamson was the player of the match in the first Test.
He scored a career-best 251 on a green top.
The pitch looked tough to bat on as it had a thick covering of grass, making it indistinguishable from the rest of the ground.
His innings allowed New Zealand to complete an innings win, as Williamson led the team admirably.
In Kane Williamson’s absence, Tom Latham will take over as captain.
Tom Latham did an excellent job in the first Test.
He built an excellent platform, sharing a partnership with Kane Williamson after an early wicket.
Tom Latham looks like a calm player, and he also has many seniors on the side to look at.
In case of experience, Ross Taylor and Trent Boult are two examples that can help him on the field if things get tough.
Tom Latham has led New Zealand in the past.
He took the leadership role against Australia earlier this year.
On the earlier occasion, Kane Williamson was not available, allowing Tom Latham to debut his captaincy.
Australia, however, won the game by 279 runs in a tough series for New Zealand.
In the first Test, Will Young opened the innings and was out early.
He is in line to move down to number three in Kane Williamson’s absence.
The move may help Will Young ease his way into Test cricket.
He has played at number three during his domestic career but made his Test debut as an opener.
The first Test against the West Indies marked Will Young’s Test debut, and his drop to number three seems a logical replacement.
With experience at number three, the management may hope he slips into the position with ease and finds success.
It is an excellent opportunity for Will Young to prove himself in the longer format, and the side would not like him to waste it.
On the other hand, West Indies will also be missing a few players for the second Test.
Kemar Roach and Shane Dowrich have gone back to the Caribbean due to various reasons.
Kemar Roach has lost his father while Dowrich is returning due to personal reasons.
Joshua De Silva has been added to the squad in their places and may make his Test debut as he takes the gloves in place of Dowrich.
The uncapped Chemar Holder may come in for Kemar Roach as he seems to be a like-for-like replacement.
West Indies face other fitness constraints as Hetmyer recovers from a concussion suffered during the T20s, and Keemo Paul recovers from his groin injury.
After the second Test, New Zealand will be hosting Pakistan for three T20is and two Tests.
Pakistan has been a very active team during the pandemic and continues to play regular cricket despite the situation.
Their preparation has been hit as COVID-19 infected many players on arrival.
There are few questions regarding their recovery for the tour.
Kane Williamson’s availability for the Pakistan series is still unclear as he travels home to be with his family.