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Williamson Steps Down as New Zealand Test Captain, Southee Replace Him

Williamson Steps Down as New Zealand Test Captain, and Southee Replaces Him

Tim Southee name New Zealand Test captain, succeeding Kane Williamson.

After taking over in 2016, Williamson led New Zealand to triumph against India in the first World Test Championship final in 2021. He captained the team in 40 tests, with 22 victories, 10 losses, and eight ties.

Williamson stated, “For me, test cricket represents the peak of the game, and I’ve loved the trials of captaining the team in that format. “At this point in my career, I feel the time is perfect for this decision,” the captain said, “being captain comes with an increased effort both on and off the field.”

Tim Southee (captain), Michael Bracewell, Tom Blundell, Devon Conway, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Glenn Phillips, Ish Sodhi, Blair Tickner, Neil Wagner, Kane Williamson, and Will Young make up New Zealand’s team.

The New Zealand Cricket Board (NZC) announced on Thursday that Tim Southee has taken over as the country’s Test captain in lieu of Kane Williamson. After taking over in 2016, Williamson led New Zealand to triumph against India in the first World Test Championship final in 2021. He captained the team in 40 tests, with 22 victories, 10 losses, and eight ties.

Williamson stated, “For me, test cricket represents the peak of the game, and I’ve loved the trials of captaining the team in that format.

NZ names their team for the trip to Pakistan

On Thursday, NZC also unveiled their selection for the trip to Pakistan, with spinner Ish Sodhi making his long-awaited comeback to the Test squad following a four-year absence. The only other time Glenn Phillips played for New Zealand in a test match was in 2020 against Australia.

Fast bowlers Trent Boult (unavailable) and Kyle Jamieson (back injury) were not selected because they were unavailable. Ish Sodhi, a leg-spinner, is a part of New Zealand’s 15-person team for their forthcoming two-match Test series in Pakistan.

The 30-year-old has been selected for the series, which is set to begin in Karachi on December 26 and end in Multan on January 3, along with Glenn Phillips and uncapped Blair Tickner. In response to the trio’s selection, New Zealand Coach Gary Stead said, “I know all three of the boys have a tremendous love for the longest form of the game and are looking forward to getting into their red-ball practice at the pre-tour camp in Lincoln this week.”

Regarding Sodhi’s participation, the Blackcaps coach explained that they did so after considering the playing environment and style of the Pakistan vs. England Test Series. Tim Southee (captain), Michael Bracewell, Tom Blundell, Devon Conway, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Glenn Phillips, Ish Sodhi, Blair Tickner, Neil Wagner, Kane Williamson, and Will Young make up New Zealand’s team.

The New Zealand Cricket Board (NZC) announced on Thursday that Tim Southee has taken over as the country’s Test captain in lieu of Kane Williamson. After taking over in 2016, Williamson led New Zealand to triumph against India in the first World Test Championship final in 2021. He captained the team in 40 tests, with 22 victories, 10 losses, and eight ties.

Williamson stated, “For me, test cricket represents the peak of the game, and I’ve loved the trials of captaining the team in that format. “At this point in my career, I feel the time is perfect for this decision,” the captain said, “being captain comes with an increased effort both on and off the field.”

Williamson stated he would continue to play in all three forms and will continue to serve as New Zealand’s white-ball captain. Southee will skipper the test squad for their upcoming assignment, a two-match series in Pakistan that will begin later this month. Between 2017 and 21, Southee filled in as captain for 22 Twenty20 internationals.

It’s really been a big honor to be named test captain, Southee said, adding that the past four days have been strange. The prospect to captain the squad in this format excites me much because I like test cricket and consider it to be the ultimate challenge.

NZ names their team for the trip to Pakistan

On Thursday, NZC also unveiled their selection for the trip to Pakistan, with spinner Ish Sodhi making his long-awaited comeback to the Test squad following a four-year absence. The only other time Glenn Phillips played for New Zealand in a test match was in 2020 against Australia.

Fast bowlers Trent Boult (unavailable) and Kyle Jamieson (back injury) were not selected because they were unavailable. Ish Sodhi, a leg-spinner, is a part of New Zealand’s 15-person team for their forthcoming two-match Test series in Pakistan.

The 30-year-old has been selected for the series, which is set to begin in Karachi on December 26 and end in Multan on January 3, along with Glenn Phillips and uncapped Blair Tickner. In response to the trio’s selection, New Zealand Coach Gary Stead said, “I know all three of the boys have a tremendous love for the longest form of the game and are looking forward to getting into their red-ball practice at the pre-tour camp in Lincoln this week.”

Regarding Sodhi’s participation, the Blackcaps coach explained that they did so after considering the playing environment and style of the Pakistan vs. England Test Series. Tim Southee (captain), Michael Bracewell, Tom Blundell, Devon Conway, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Glenn Phillips, Ish Sodhi, Blair Tickner, Neil Wagner, Kane Williamson, and Will Young make up New Zealand’s team.
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