Kane Williamson To Step Down As New Zealand Test Captain, Tim Southee Named His Successor


Ken Williamson Will step down as captain of the Blackcaps Test team Tim Southee to take the mantle of leadership. Williamson will lead the Blackcaps in ODI and T20 cricket and has reiterated his desire to play in all three formats internationally. Southee, who has 346 internationals to his name and has captained the T20 side 22 times, will become New Zealand’s 31st Test captain when he leads the side on the tour of Pakistan this month.

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Williamson has captained the Test team 38 times since taking over (22 wins, 8 draws, 10 losses). Brendon McCullum In 2016.

He said, it is the right time to step back.

“Capturing the Blackcaps in Test cricket is an incredibly special honour,” he said.

“For me, Test cricket is the pinnacle of playing and I enjoy the challenges of leading the team in the format.

“Captainship brings on and off-field workload and at this stage of my career I feel the time is right for this decision.

“After discussions with NZC, we felt it would be best to continue captaining the white ball format with two World Cups over the next two years.

“I’m excited to support the team as captain and Tom as vice-captain. Having played with both of them for most of my career, I’m confident they’ll do a great job.

“Playing for the Blackcaps and contributing in all three formats is my number one priority and I look forward to the cricket ahead.”

NZC CEO David White Williamson congratulated the Test team for the way he led them.

“Ken is one of our all-time greats and our priority is to ensure he enjoys his cricket and plays for New Zealand as long as possible.

“He is a brilliant leader and the success the team has achieved during his time in the longest and arguably toughest format of the game has been nothing short of remarkable.

“Statistically, he is our most successful Test captain to date – rising to number one in the ICC Test rankings at the start of 2021 and ultimately winning the ICC World Test Championship final in June that year.”

Mr White said Southey was the right man for the job.

“Tim is a strong and tactically astute leader and has a good feel for the game. I believe he is the right person to build on the foundation that Kane has built.”

Blackcaps coach Gary Stead said Williamson was a good Test captain.

“Ken has guided the Test team through a very successful period which is a testament to his ability to bring people together and work towards a common goal.”

“He has certainly led from the front with his own performances and that was very much at the time when we were under pressure to win the World Test Championship.

“The Test team has continued to evolve and develop in his time and the fact that we have been able to introduce new players and develop them almost instantly is a credit to why and his leadership.

“We hope to reduce his workload and see the best of Kane Williamson on the international stage, and we know he will be a key leader in this group.”

Stead said the decision to appoint Southee as captain was in line with the direction the Test team wanted to go.

“Tim is a great leader with a good cricketing mind,” said Stead.

“We have seen his captaincy skills with the T20 team and I am sure he will continue to bring an attacking style, while maintaining the core fundamentals of how this Blackcaps team operates in the Test arena.

“He will also come from a slightly different perspective on being a bowler which I’m sure will bring new ideas and new thoughts.”

Southey, the present Sir Richard Hadley The medalist said it was humbling to be asked to lead the Test team.

“It’s been a surreal few days and it’s just a huge honor to be appointed Test captain.

“I love Test cricket, it’s the ultimate challenge and I’m really excited to get the chance to lead the team in this format.

“Ken is an outstanding Test captain and I look forward to working with Gary on how we can build on that.”

The BLACKCAPS 15-man Test squad to face Pakistan will be confirmed in a separate media release.

The two-Test series will begin in Karachi on December 26 and conclude in Multan on January 3.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a press release)

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