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Tim Southee replaces Kane Williamson as the Test captain of New Zealand.

Tim Southee replaces Kane Williamson as the Test captain of New Zealand.

In a statement issued on Wednesday night, New Zealand Cricket announced that Kane Williamson would retire as the Test team’s captain. According to the press announcement, Pacer Tim Southee will assume the role of leader.

Williamson has underlined his ambition to play in all three international formats of cricket and will continue to captain the Kiwis in ODI and T20I matches. Williamson stated, “Captaining New Zealand in Test cricket has been an extraordinarily great honor.

“Test cricket, in my opinion, is the sport’s peak, and I have appreciated the trials of captaining the team in this format. Since being captain entails a greater amount of labor both on and off the field, I believe that this point in my career is the perfect one to make this choice. With two World Cups coming up in the next two years, we believed that continuing to captain the white-ball formats was preferable after talking with NZC.

When he captains the team on this month’s Test tour to Pakistan, Southee, who has played in 346 international matches and has captained the T20 team on 22 occasions, will become New Zealand’s 31st Test captain.

Southee, who is currently the recipient of the Sir Richard Hadlee Medal, said it was an honor to be chosen to captain the Test team.

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