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Kane Williamson likely to be out of action for 2 months, no surgery planned for New Zealand captain

India Today logo India Today 07-12-2021 India Today Web Desk

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson is likely to be sidelined for close to two months as he will need time to recover from a troublesome elbow that forced him to sit out of the recently-concluded 2nd Test against India in Mumbai.

Kane Williamson is likely to miss the 2-Test series against Bangladesh at home and the limited-overs tour of Australia before possibly returning for the 2-Test series against South Africa, starting February 17 at home. Williamson managed the elbow tendon injury during the second half of IPL 2021 and the T20 World Cup. Williamson was part of the first Test against India in Kanpur as he led the team to a fighting draw.

However, New Zealand head coach Gary Stead said Kane Williamson will not undergo surgery to treat his long-standing elbow issue.

"Last time after the World Test Championship [final] and before the IPL and T20 World Cup was about eight or nine weeks. I expect it's somewhere in that time frame again. We're trying not to put time frames on it at this stage," Stead told Stuff.co.nz.

SURGERY IS UNLIKELY: STEAD

Stead highlighted that Kane Williamson hates missing playing for New Zealand but the captain needs the time away from the game to try and put an end to the below issue.

"I think surgery is unlikely. All that surgery would do is ensure that rehab is done. If we don't have to cut a tendon, our choice is not to do that," he added.

"Kane's doing it tough, don't get me wrong. He loves playing for New Zealand he hates the thought of missing any cricket, let alone test cricket for New Zealand."

All eyes will be on Williamson as he is expected to play a key role for SunRisers Hyderabad in IPL 2022. SRH retained their skipper for Rs 14 crore after letting go of David Warner who had a forgettable outing with the former champions earlier this year. Williamson was retained along with uncapped pacer Umran Malik and all-rounder Abdul Samad.

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