According to captain Tim Southee, Kane Williamson is anticipated to be ready for the first Test against Sri Lanka, which starts on Thursday at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch. The New Zealand batter, who is now at home mourning his grandmother’s death, will be called up at the last minute.
Speaking on Tuesday, ahead of the two-match Test series, Southee said, “On behalf of the team, I think everyone is feeling for Kane at the moment and he is in the best place he can be. And that is with, in and around, his family. It is a sad time for the Williamson family.”
“We are looking forward to Kane joining up. He has been able to train with the ND guys in Tauranga, so I am sure he will be hitting plenty of balls and making sure he is ready to go come Thursday.”