ENG vs NZ: Kane Williamson return to New Zealand playing XI for third Test in Leeds

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New Zealand captain Kane Williamson could be on the move again as he confirmed his return to the Blackcaps XI for the forthcoming third friendly against England, which could be played at Headingley, Leeds from June 23. He had missed the second test after contracting the Covid-19 virus.
New Zealand are already 2-0 down in the three Test series after losing at Lord's and Nottingham. Tom Latham had captained New Zealand at the Nottingham Test in the absence of Kane Williamson.
Kane Williamson confirmed that both Neil Wagner and Ajaz Patel are part of the 13-man squad and could be considered for the third Test.
Great to be back in the herd: Kane Williamson is back for New Zealand in the 3rd Test
Williamson is making it clear he remains in isolation after contracting Covid-19 as he spent the week in his room at a New Zealand staff resort recovering from the virus. He watched as Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow hammered the New Zealand bowling on the fifth and final day of the second Test to chase 299 runs.
Speaking to the press on the eve of the 3rd test, Williamson said: "It was obviously quite frustrating to miss the last test due to Covid but it's great to be back."
Williamson also spoke about watching the second Test match and the final day's England chase on TV from his hotel room.
"It was a test where both teams put their front foot forward, played some shots, it was a quick goal and balanced like the first test," he said. "I don't yell at the TV. I watch and watch, it's always interesting to see it from a different perspective, although it wasn't my favorite spot.
It was interesting to watch and connect from the other side a bit. A lot of effort went into the match. It was an amazing shot from Jonny and that's cricket. They have to applaud the quality that England have come with," he said.
England confirmed Ben Stokes has overcome his illness and would lead in the 3rd Test at Leeds. James Anderson is out through injury and Jamie Overton is ready to make his England Test debut.