NZ vs WI 2nd Test: New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson does Virat Kohli, takes paternity leave, Latham to lead

NewZealand vs West Indies 2nd Test – New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson to miss 2nd Test : Kane Williasmson like Virat Kohli has taken paternity leave and will 2nd test match against the West Indies. Tom Latham will now lead New Zealand in the second Test against West Indies, set to begin on Friday.

Williamson is set to return home to his partner Sarah Raheem in Tauranga for the birth of their first child.

Williamson was granted paternity leave by New Zealand Cricket earlier but the coach was hopeful that he would be available to play the second Test. Following the Test series against West Indies, New Zealand are set to host Pakistan for three T20Is and two Tests.

Williamson, who stroked his career-best 251 in the first Test at Seddon Park and was adjudged the Player of the Match in New Zealand’s biggest Test win over West Indies, will be replaced by Will Young at Number 3 for the second match of the series as the hosts look to complete the whitewash.

Latham, meanwhile, has previously captained New Zealand in Tests in Williamson’s absence against Australia earlier this year.

“It’s a decision we have come to around, I guess, the best decision for him [Williamson] and Sarah, and also for our team long-term, and in terms of him being in a good place to be with Sarah as well,” Gary Stead, the New Zealand head coach, said on Thursday. “Young will come in and bat three, it’s a logical replacement that he just slips into that position. Will’s played there a lot, so, yeah, it’s a natural replacement.

“Tom Latham will take over as captain. He has been Test captain before in the past for us, and he’s got a calm head on his shoulders, and I know with a lot of other leaders in our team that he will lean on them for their support as well.”

After the second Test, scheduled for December 11-15, the Black Caps return to T20 action against Pakistan starting December 18.