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Kane Williamson To Step Down As New Zealand Check Captain, Tim Southee Named His Successor | Cricket Information

Kane Williamson will step down as captain of the BLACKCAPS Check facet, with Tim Southee to take up the management mantle. Williamson will proceed to guide the BLACKCAPS in ODI and T20I cricket and has reiterated his need to play all three codecs internationally. Southee, who has 346 internationals to his identify and has led the T20 facet on 22 events, will turn out to be New Zealand’s thirty first Check captain when he leads the group on this month’s Check tour to Pakistan.

Canterbury opener Tom Latham has been confirmed as Check vice-captain, after beforehand main the facet in Williamson’s absence.

Williamson has captained the Check group on 38 events (22 wins, 8 attracts, 10 losses) since assuming the position from Brendon McCullum in 2016.

He mentioned the time was proper to step again.

“Captaining the BLACKCAPS in Check cricket has been an extremely particular honour,” he mentioned.

“For me, Check cricket is the top of the sport and I’ve loved the challenges of main the facet within the format.

“Captaincy comes with an elevated workload on and off the sector and at this stage of my profession I really feel the time is true for this determination.

“After discussions with NZC, we felt that persevering with to captain the white-ball codecs was preferable with two World Cups within the subsequent two years.

“I am excited to help Tim as captain and Tom as vice-captain. Having performed with each of them for many of my profession, I am assured they’re going to do a terrific job.

“Enjoying for the BLACKCAPS and contributing in all three codecs is my primary precedence and I am wanting ahead to the cricket we’ve got forward.”

NZC CEO David White congratulated Williamson on the way in which he is led the Check facet.

“Kane is one in all our all-time greats and our precedence is to make sure he enjoys his cricket and performs for New Zealand for so long as potential.

“He is a superb chief and the success the group has achieved throughout his time within the longest and arguably hardest format of the sport, has been nothing in need of outstanding.

“Statistically, he is probably the most profitable Check captain we have ever had – which culminated within the group rising to the primary ICC Check rating initially of 2021 and the eventual victory within the ICC World Check Championship Ultimate in June that 12 months.”

Mr White mentioned Southee was the suitable man for the job.

“Tim’s a powerful and tactically astute chief and has an excellent really feel for the sport. I imagine he’s the suitable particular person to construct on the foundations that Kane’s created.”

BLACKCAPS coach Gary Stead mentioned Williamson had been a positive Check captain.

“Kane’s guided the Check group via an immensely profitable interval which is testomony to his capacity to carry individuals collectively and work in direction of a standard purpose,” he mentioned.

“He is definitely led from the entrance along with his personal performances and that was very a lot the case throughout our push to win the World Check Championship.

“The Check group has continued to evolve and develop throughout his time and the actual fact we have been in a position to introduce new gamers and see them thrive nearly immediately is a credit score to Kane and his management.

“We hope by lessening his workload we are able to proceed to see one of the best of Kane Williamson for longer on the worldwide stage, and we all know he’ll stay a key chief on this group.”

Stead mentioned the choice to nominate Southee captain got here all the way down to the course by which the Check group wished to move.

“Tim’s a top quality chief with an excellent cricket mind,” Stead mentioned.

“We have seen his captaincy expertise on show with the T20 facet and I am certain he’ll proceed to carry an aggressive model, while nonetheless sustaining the core fundamentals of how this BLACKCAPS group operates within the Check area.

“He may even come from a barely completely different perspective in being a bowler which I am certain may even carry with it new concepts and contemporary considering.”

Southee, the present Sir Richard Hadlee Medal winner, mentioned it was humbling to be requested to guide the Check facet.

“It has been a surreal few days and it is only a huge honour to be appointed as Check captain.

“I like Check cricket, it is the final word problem and I am actually excited by the chance to guide the group on this format.

“Kane’s been an impressive Check captain and I am wanting ahead to working with Gary on how we are able to construct on that.”

The BLACKCAPS 15-player Check squad to face Pakistan can be confirmed in a separate media launch.

The 2 Check collection begins in Karachi on December 26 and concludes in Multan from January 3.

(Apart from the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV workers and is printed from a press launch)

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