IPL 2022: Kane Williamson returns to training after recovering from elbow injury
IPL 2022: New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson resumed training on Saturday after recovering from an elbow injury.
Williamson was ruled out of the South Africa series earlier this month due to injury.
“Great to be back in the nets,” Williamson captioned the post on Instagram.
New Zealand coach Gary Stead had said Williamson was desperate to be fit, but the management had to make a difficult decision for him.
View this post on Instagram
“He (Kane) desperate to fit for the series but with the amount of loading required for Test cricket. We had to make the tough call for him to sit it out and focus on returning for the white ball matches against the Netherlands in March,” Stead had said.
“Kane loves playing for the BLACKCAPS and especially in Test cricket so it was a particularly hard call. However the priority has to be trying to get the injury right and having him available long term,” he added.
— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) February 17, 2022
The New Zealand captain was also absent from the home Test series against Bangladesh.
Meanwhile, New Zealand beat South Africa by an innings and 276 runs in the first Test on Day 3 at the Hagley Oval, with pacer Tim Southee taking five wickets in the second innings.
New Zealand has taken a 1-0 lead in the two-match Test series with this victory. Following their victory over South Africa, the hosts earned 12 World Test Championships (WTC) points.