New Zealand suffer more Covid agony as Michael Bracewell is forced into isolation but Black Caps captain Kane Williamson is set to return to the fold after completing isolation period
- New Zealand have been blighted by Covid during their summer tour of England
- Debutant Michael Bracewell has tested positive and will need to isolate
- Captain Kane Williamson has tested negative and will be available for final test
New Zealand’s Covid curse has struck again with Trent Bridge debutant Michael Bracewell forced into five days of isolation ahead of next week’s Test series finale in Leeds.
Kane Williamson, the Black Caps captain, was forced to watch from his hotel room as England completed an astonishing five-wicket win on Tuesday that secured an unassailable 2-0 lead – having tested positive on the eve of the contest.
Bracewell took Williamson’s place in the XI, struck scores of 49 and 25, and claimed three first innings wickets with his off spin.
New Zealand’s Michael Bracewell has tested positive for Covid and must isolate for five days
Bracewell hit scores of 49 and 25 whilst taking three wickets against England in the series
Black Caps captain Kane Williamson has tested negative and will be available for the final test
However, he experienced symptoms on the fifth morning in Nottingham and a subsequent test confirmed he must now be separated from the group until at least next Monday.
Williamson will come into the selection equation for the third match, hosted by his former club Yorkshire from next Thursday, after testing negative but Bracewell’s availability will be dependent on his recovery time.
Coronavirus has dogged the Kiwis since arrival, with batter Henry Nicholls sidelined during the first week of the tour last month.
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