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Williamson relinquishes Test captaincy of New Zealand, Saudi new captain

Williamson, 32, will play as a specialist batsman. He will continue as captain in the limited-overs formats as the focus shifts to the 2023 ODI World Cup and the 2024 T20 World Cup.

Kane Williamson, the most successful Test captain who won New Zealand its first World Test Championship, has decided to step down from Test captaincy. The New Zealand Cricket Board made this announcement on Thursday. Fast bowler Tim Southee has been made the new Test captain. Williamson, 32, will play as a specialist batsman. He will continue as captain in the limited-overs formats as the focus shifts to the 2023 ODI World Cup and the 2024 T20 World Cup.

Willisman said, “It has been a special pride to captain the New Zealand Test team.” Test cricket is paramount to me and I thoroughly enjoyed its challenges. In the last six years, Williamson has won a record 22, lost ten and drawn eight of the 40 Tests under his captaincy. Under his captaincy, New Zealand won the first World Test Championship by defeating India last year. The winning percentage under his captaincy was 55, while it was 44 per cent under the captaincy of stand-in captain Tom Latham and 35 under the captaincy of former captain and current England coach Brendon McCullum. 5 percent winning average.

Williamson said, “Captaincy brings additional workload on and off the field. I think this is the right decision at this stage of career. After talking to New Zealand Cricket, we felt that there are two World Cups to be held in the next two years and in such a situation the focus should be on limited overs captaincy. Will be the 31st Test captain of New Zealand. Under his captaincy, the team will play two Tests against Pakistan this month. He has captained New Zealand in 22 T20 matches.

Head coach Gary Stead lauded Williamson’s contribution as captain, saying, “New Zealand have achieved a lot of success under Kane’s captaincy.” He led from the front through his performances and led the team to victory in its maiden World Test Championship. “We hope to see him playing longer at the international level by reducing his workload,” he added. Saudi said, “It is a matter of pride to be the Test captain. Test cricket is the biggest challenge and I am thrilled to captain in this format. I hope to be able to carry on Ken’s work.

Disclaimer:Prabhasakshi has not edited this news. This news has been published from PTI-language feed.



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