New Zealand captain Kane Williamson will not undergo surgery for his troublesome elbow, but he could be out of action for nearly two months, according to head coach Gary Stead.
New Zealand next series after the just-concluded India tour is a two-Test series at home against Bangladesh, which begins on 1st of January 2022, followed by a limited-overs tour of Australia. If Williamson’s rehab goes according to plan, he might be available for the tour of South Africa in February although Stead stated that no timeframe has been set for his recovery.
Surgery is unlikely, but can’t state the exact recovery time – Gary Stead
The elbow injury has been a problem for Williamson for most of his recent career. It had flared just before the preparation for the T20 World Cup in the UAE, where Williamson cut short his stints at the nets to manage the injury, and troubled him in India as well. He sat out the second Test in Mumbai, with Tom Latham taking over as captain in his place.
“I think surgery is unlikely,” Stead claimed before returning to New Zealand with the rest of the squad. “With the tendon injuries around the elbow, my understanding of the situation from talking to our physio [Tommy Simsek] is all surgery would do is ensure rehab is done. If we don’t have to cut a tendon, our choice is not to do that as well.
“So Kane is going along okay. I expect it to be a sustained period of time. Last time, if you look after the World Test Championship [final] and before the IPL and T20 World Cup, was about eight or nine weeks. So, I expect it’s somewhere in that timeframe again… We’re trying not to put timeframes on it at this stage.”
Positives for NZ from the Test Series against India
While Kane Williamson’s injury was a bad news for the Kiwis, there are several other positives they took from the tour. Three key players emerged from the New Zealand side who managed to show their potential to the cricketing world.
Will Young, having played below 10 tests till now, looked solid in the Kanpur Test. His restraint in the Mumbai Test too was admirable. With the kind of defence that Will possess, he might be the next favorite choice for the role of opener.
Rachin Ravindra was another big positive, with the 22-year-old being responsible for the saving of Kanpur Test. Rachin faced 91 deliveries in the second innings of Kanpur Test, his defense was too solid for the Indian spinners to get through. He picked up key wickets in the second test, showing his ability as an all-rounder.
Lastly, but perhaps the biggest positive, the phenomenal Ajaz Patel. Ajaz managed a feat only two bowlers had managed before in a game with a history of over 100 years. Tom Latham, the captain, was impressive with his bowling and field changes in the second test.