BJ Watling ruled out from Edgbaston Test with back injury
In the latest development, New Zealand’s wicketkeeper-batsman BJ Watling has been ruled out from the second Test match against England at Edgbaston Test with a back injury. The wicketkeeper failed to overcome a sore back and hence the decision was taken at the last minute that he wouldn’t be available for the second Test match.
In his absence, Wellington Firebirds wicket-keeper batsman Tom Blundell is keeping the wickets in the second Test in Birmingham. New Zealand Cricket, in a press release, stated that the back injury did trouble Watling in the past despite the fact that it has improved in the last 24 hours.
However, it was not improved so much that he didn’t feel like playing the whole Test behind the stumps. “The injury has troubled Watling in the past, and although it has improved in the past 24 hours, it hasn’t improved enough to be confident of him getting through a full Test behind the stumps,” said New Zealand Cricket in a press statement.
“Wellington Firebirds wicket-keeper batsman Tom Blundell will take the gloves and bat six in his 11th Test.”
Meanwhile, the South African-born New Zealand international cricketer earlier announced that he would be retiring all forms of international cricket in the wake of the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) final against India, starting June 18 at The Ageas Bowl in Southampton.
Talking about the game, England won the toss and opted to bat first. They got off to a good start in the form of Rory Burns (32) and Dominic Sibley (31) as they added a 67-run partnership before the lunch break.
The visitors are playing the game without their captain Kane. He has been rested for the second Test due to an elbow injury. He is expected to be back in action in the WTC final against India. The 28-year-old Will Young will open the batting at No.3 who scored 48 runs in 2 Tests innings so far.
Besides that, left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner has been ruled out of Edgbaston Test with a finger injury.