Tuesday, 19 October 2021

Williamson in doubt for third test after New Zealand wrap up Bangladesh series

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WELLINGTON: New Zealand captain Kane Williamson is a doubt for the third test of the Bangladesh series after suffering a torn pectoral muscle in the innings and 12-run second test win in Wellington.

New Zealand wrapped up victory in the rain-affected match at the Basin Reserve shortly before lunch on the fifth day on Tuesday to clinch the three-match series with a game to spare.

Bangladesh, who had needed 221 runs to make New Zealand bat again, were bowled out for 209 as the umpires extended the first session by 15 minutes as a result was likely.

Neil Wagner finished with figures of 5-45.

The final test starts on Saturday in Christchurch, although New Zealand coach Gary Stead said they would be cautious with Williamson, who is likely to be replaced by the uncapped Will Young.

“Kane is obviously keen to play this final game, but we’ll look to take a safety-first approach, particularly with the World Cup on the horizon,” Stead said.

“Will has been in our test squad as batting cover for the past two series and he should be confident following some strong performances domestically and for New Zealand A.”

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