Captain Kane Williamson has been ruled out as New Zealand seek a series whitewash in the third Test against Bangladesh.

Black Caps coach Gary Stead confirmed a left pectoral injury will keep the 28-year-old sidelined as batsman Will Young was named for a Test debut at Hagley Oval in Christchurch.

Tim Southee will become the Kiwis' 30th Test captain, while wicketkeeper BJ Watling has been passed fit after recovering from a hamstring injury.

New Zealand clinched innings victories in both of the first two Tests, with Williamson becoming the nation's first batsman to reach 20 centuries and also their fastest to get to 6,000 runs during the opener in Hamilton.

Despite Williamson showing improvements since the second Test in Wellington, Stead has no intentions of risking his captain.

"Kane is obviously a really important player for us and with the nature of the injury we couldn't be sure he wouldn't aggravate it," said Stead.

"He's improving every day and will continue his rehabilitation as planned.

"Will has been waiting in the wings for a while now and he'll get a great opportunity batting at number three in a settled line-up."

New Zealand head coach Gary Stead said Kane Williamson's injury could be made a case study, such is the rarity of the captain's pectoral problem.

Williamson suffered a grade one pectoral muscle tear as the Black Caps crushed Bangladesh by an innings and 12 runs to seal a Test series win in Wellington on Tuesday.

The skipper scored 74 runs to help New Zealand reach 432-6 declared in the second Test on Monday but Williamson was nowhere to be seen at Basin Reserve 24 hours later.

Williamson is in doubt for the third and final Test in Christchurch and while the injury is not major, it has left Stead and the Kiwis scratching their heads.

"They've only seen five in the world before. It's very minor but we're hopeful he will recover quickly," Stead told reporters post-match.

"The physio and staff were saying we'd make this a case study because it is so rare. It's like any muscle, there's irritation and a wee bit of bleeding but it's not a major injury.

"We're hopeful in a short period of time he'll be back to full noise."

Stead continued: "If he's fit, no player wants to give up their spot in the test team. It's safe to say we'll probably err on the conservative side and if there's any chance of risk then we're likely to pull him from that game."

Two full days of play were lost to rain in Wellington but New Zealand still managed to bowl out Bangladesh for 211 and 209.

Neil Wagner (5-45) and Trent Boult (4-52) tore through the tourists' batting line-up on the final day, with Bangladesh all out before lunch as the Black Caps locked up second spot in the ICC Test rankings.

"Fantastic performance," Williamson said. "We needed to score quickly to have a chance to win here. It was about playing good cricket.

"We were under some pressure after the first day. I think Bangladesh bowled well in the first wicket without much luck."

New Zealand humbled Bangladesh by an innings and 12 runs in a rain-affected second Test to claim the three-match series.

The Black Caps needed just a little over two days to beat Bangladesh, who were skilled for 209 before lunch in Wellington on Tuesday.

Rain washed out the opening two days of play at Basin Reserve, but New Zealand still managed to crush the tourists – locking in second spot in the ICC Test rankings.

Resuming on 80-3 after the Kiwis reached 432-6 before declaring with a 221-run first-innings lead, Bangladesh had no answer to Neil Wagner (5-45) and Trent Boult (4-52).

Soumya Sarkar (28) was the first wicket to fall when he edged a Boult delivery through to Ross Taylor and Mohammad Mithun (47) followed within 10 overs after falling victim to Wagner.

Liton Das' (1) stay at the crease was brief as he was sent back to the pavilion by the red-hot Wagner, who then dismissed Taijul Islam for a duck.

Mustafizur Rahman (16) was bowled by Boult before Wagner cleaned up Mahmudullah Riyad (67) and Ebadat Hossain (0) to seal a rout for New Zealand, who could be without captain Kane Williamson for the third Test after an MRI confirmed a grade one tear to his left pectoral minor muscle.

Ross Taylor said a quiet apology to the late Martin Crowe after surpassing his record for Test hundreds by a New Zealand batsman.

Taylor scored his first century in the longest format since December 2017 on day four of the second Test against Bangladesh at Basin Reserve to finally take his overall total to 18.

The 35-year-old celebrated in an understated fashion despite the milestone set by former Black Caps skipper Crowe, who died in March 2016, having affected him mentally.

"I guess 17 was such a big number since when I started playing cricket, that when I got there it was probably a little bit of a relief," said Taylor after going on to record his third double-hundred in Tests.

"Then I didn't kick on – it was probably a little bit in my subconscious, and I must admit it played on my mind for a little bit as well.

"Before this [Test] I talked to our sports psychologist Pete [Sanford], and just acknowledged that it's always going to be there. It's nice now to knock it off.

"I just told [Crowe] my apologies for taking so long to get there."

Ross Taylor moved past Martin Crowe for the second most Test centuries for New Zealand as the Black Caps dominated Bangladesh in Wellington.

Taylor (200) brought up his 18th Test ton at Basin Reserve on Monday, with only Kane Williamson – who has 20 – having made more for New Zealand.

It came on a fourth day when the hosts completely dominated Bangladesh in the second Test to close in on a series win.

Henry Nicholls (107) also made a century as the Black Caps reached 432-6 before declaring with a 221-run first-innings lead.

And they quickly made inroads, reducing Bangladesh to 80-3 at stumps, the tourists still trailing by 141 runs and facing defeat in a Test in which the first two days were washed out.

There was a concern for New Zealand as Williamson battled a shoulder injury, with the captain to undergo a scan on Tuesday.

It was Williamson and Taylor who resumed for the Black Caps from something of a tricky position at 38-2.

Bangladesh could have made the perfect start to the day, only for Mahmudullah and Shadman Islam to put down Taylor on 20 off Abu Jayed (3-94).

That would prove costly, despite Williamson departing for 74, as Taylor brought up a century off just 97 balls with a six off Taijul Islam.

Bangladesh had no answers to Taylor or Nicholls, who brought up his fifth Test century before his partner got to 200.

New Zealand scored at over five runs per over during their innings, which was declared in the 85th over.

Trent Boult (2-34) and Matt Henry (1-17) ensured the decision was the right one, striking three times before stumps.

Boult clean bowled Tamim Iqbal (4) and then had Mominul Haque (10) edging to Tim Southee at third slip.

Henry removed Shadman (29) with a short ball as New Zealand set themselves up for a victory that looked unlikely after rain cut short the second Test of a three-match series.

Mohammad Mithun (25) and Soumya Sarkar (12) will resume for Bangladesh as they try to save the Test.

Bangladesh enjoyed a decent start as the second Test against New Zealand finally got underway on Sunday, before rain cut short day three.

After no play was possible on the opening two days in Wellington, Bangladesh managed to make 211 at the Basin Reserve, having been put in to bat on a green wicket.

Tamim Iqbal (74) led their innings, while Neil Wagner (4-28) was the pick of the Black Caps' bowlers.

The tourists, who trail the three-Test series 1-0, removed the openers before the rain arrived again, stumps called after 72.4 overs were bowled and with New Zealand 38-2.

Ross Taylor (19) and Kane Williamson (10) will resume for the Black Caps on day four, their team trailing by 173 runs and with the possibility of a result slim.

Despite the green pitch, Tamim and Shadman Islam got Bangladesh off to a bright start as Trent Boult (3-38) and Tim Southee (1-52) struggled.

With his team needing a breakthrough, Colin de Grandhomme (1-15) delivered, Shadman (27) edging to Taylor at slip.

A ball after incorrectly being given out caught behind, Mominul Haque (15) fell after edging Wagner through to BJ Watling.

That would be the first of nine wickets to fall for 92 for Bangladesh, as Wagner did most of the damage against the top-order.

Liton Das (33) and Soumya Sarkar (20) chipped in with small contributions for the tourists, but they were unable to make the most of the platform set by Tamim and Shadman.

However, their bowlers made the most of the conditions, Abu Jayed (2-18) getting both openers.

Tom Latham (4) edged through to Das before Jeet Raval (3) picked out Sarkar at cover, Williamson and Taylor steadying New Zealand prior to the rain arriving.

Rain wreaked havoc again as day two of the second Test between New Zealand and Bangladesh was abandoned on Saturday.

The opening day in Wellington was washed out without a toss of the coin or a ball being bowled on Friday.

There were more glimpses of hope 24 hours later as the rain stopped, with groundsmen at Basin Reserve trying their best to dry the outfield.

Both teams made their way out onto the field to warm-up but the wet weather continued, with umpires eventually abandoning play at 16:30 local time.

Bangladesh are looking to level the three-Test series after losing the opener by an innings and 52 runs in Hamilton.

England batting coach Mark Ramprakash has revealed he will not remain in his role for the Ashes.

Ramprakash was appointed to the coaching staff in 2014, but the former England, Middlesex and Surrey batsman will not be involved in the series against Australia in August and September.

"I've just been informed that I will not be involved in the Ashes series. It's been a huge privilege to support the team over the last five years." he tweeted on Friday.

"I'd like to wish all the staff and players the very best of luck for the future."

Graham Thorpe could take extra responsibility in the absence of his former team-mate Ramprakash.

England will be looking for a new head coach after the Ashes series, with Trevor Bayliss set to depart.

Bayliss' long-time number two Paul Farbrace announced last month he would step down to take up the position of sporting director at Warwickshire.

Not a single ball was bowled as rain washed out day one of the second Test between New Zealand and Bangladesh at the Basin Reserve.

Heavy rain lashed a dark and gloomy Wellington, where the coin toss was delayed with players kept away from the soggy field on Friday.

Umpires finally abandoned play at 15:00 local time, with the Test scheduled to start 30 minutes earlier on Saturday.

Bangladesh are looking to level the three-Test series after losing the opener by an innings and 52 runs in Hamilton.

Jack Russell thinks Ben Foakes has been harshly treated by England and urged the selectors to stop "chopping and changing" the Test side with the Ashes on the horizon.

Foakes was named player of the series in Sri Lanka, averaging 69.25 after scoring a century on debut in Galle and impressing with the gloves.

The wicketkeeper-batsman was dropped for the third and final Test in the series defeat to West Indies as Keaton Jennings was surprisingly recalled and Jonny Bairstow went back behind the stumps.

Former England wicketkeeper Russell believes Foakes was hard done by but says Bairstow can go from strength to strength if he retains the role.

Russell told Omnisport: "I wish we'd stop chopping and changing because it's doing my head in and that's no good. I don't think it's good for anyone.

"I think Foakes is the most natural keeper and was unlucky to get dropped, that surprised me. He came in and did really well. I don't know if they are trying to cut corners, but I thought he was going to be there for a while because he looks a good all-round cricketer.

"I don't understand why that had to happen. I don't know the real ins and outs but there were some interesting selections [in the Caribbean], let's put it that way.

"Having said that, Jonny does a good job. He is getting better and better all the time. Jos [Buttler] will obviously not do the job in the longer format.

"The more Jonny keeps the better he will get and he has improved a lot since South Africa, where he had one or two issues. He's come on a lot and he's the real thing now."

Legendary West Indies fast bowler turned commentator Michael Holding has rejected the notion of an increase in the use of stump microphones, which some have argued will benefit the game of cricket.

Debate in the public sphere has raged, as of late, after the devices played the role in the sanctioning of two players.  Windies fast bowler Shannon Gabriel was banned for four matches after being accused of directing a ‘homophobic’ jibe toward England captain Joe Root.

In an ODI against South Africa, Pakistan’s Sarfraz Ahmed was picked up on the stump mic making a racist comment to Andile Phehlukwayo and was also subsequently banned for four matches. 

Proponents of the argument have pointed to the positives of both outcomes and argued that an increase in microphones would also bring fans closer to players.  Holding, however, vehemently disagrees with the idea.  

"I had a conversation on air here in South Africa where I voiced my opinion on the stumps microphones being left on at all times.  It’s a backward step as far as I’m concerned,” Holding told Mumbai Mirror.

“The field of play and the dressing room belong to the combatants and the excuse being offered that it helps the viewers to enjoy the game is very lame.  If the public needs to hear the players on the field, it simply means the product being offered has a problem,” he added.

 

 

Kane Williamson said New Zealand found it "as tough as Test cricket gets" to finish off spirited Bangladesh on day four of the first Test.

Soumya Sarkar (149) and captain Mahmudullah (146) held up the Black Caps with a magnificent fifth-wicket stand of 235 at Seddon Park on Sunday.

New Zealand wasted no time in wrapping up victory by an innings and 52 runs after the Tigers' sixth-best partnership in the longest format was ended when Trent Boult (5-123) cleaned up Sarkar.

Willamson, who made an unbeaten double century as his side posted their record Test score of 715-6 declared on day three, praised Bangladesh's fight after they were dismissed for 429 to fall behind in the three-match series.

"I thought the fight today was as tough as Test cricket gets," the captain said. "Yes, it was nice to be a long way ahead of the game but today was really tough Test cricket.

"It is what we expect, and we know Wellington is going to be another tough match."

He added: "I think it was a massive challenge for all the bowlers today. We were hopeful of wickets late in the evening yesterday, which was nice.

"But coming back today with Bangladesh having more freshness, we knew it was going to be a big workload for the bowlers. They were just trying to stick with plans for a long period, and perhaps force an error.

"I don't think any plan is sustainable forever. Bangladesh were brilliant how they adapted with that tactic. It didn't work very well for us today, so we had to go back to stop their quick scoring."

Centuries from Mahmudullah Riyad and Soumya Sarkar could not prevent Bangladesh falling to defeat by an innings and 52 runs on Sunday, as New Zealand took a 1-0 lead in the Test series.

The Black Caps gained total control of the opening match in Hamilton after Kane Williamson's double century of 200 not out allowed the hosts to post a mammoth 715-6 declared in their first innings.

Having been bowled out for 234 batting first, the tourists faced a tough task attempting to delay the inevitable at Seddon Park, where they resumed on 174-4 early on day four.

Sarkar and Mahmudullah built impressively on their overnight scores of 39 and 15 respectively, the former playing freely to reach 149 from just 171 deliveries, an uninhibited knock that included 21 fours and five sixes.

Having put on 235 runs for the fifth wicket alongside the captain, he was eventually dislodged by Trent Boult (5-123) with the second new ball, Sarkar attempting to play a flick across the line and missing, the ball clipping back pad and dislodging off stump. 

Liton Das (1), Mehidy Hasan Miraz (1) and Abu Jayed (3), the latter providing Boult with his five-for, failed to offer an effective foil for Mahmudullah, who nevertheless survived to reach 146, before Tim Southee (3-98) intervened.

An attempt by the Tigers' skippers to thread a shot between point and third man proved too high, and was taken by Boult at deep point. Mahmudullah, though, could be proud of his highest Test score, with hooked sixes off Neil Wagner and two back-foot drives through cover, the latter coming at the expense of Boult, particularly easy on the eye. 

The captain gone, Bangladesh's entertaining resistance ended with a whimper on 429 all out when Ebadat Hossain went for a duck, caught behind edging Southee to BJ Watling, who passed Adam Parore as the New Zealand wicketkeeper with the most dismissals to his name. 

The hosts will have an opportunity to seal the series when the second Test starts in Wellington on Friday, followed by the third and final match in Christchurch later this month. 

Craig McMillan revelled in an historic batting day for New Zealand as they racked up a record score in the first Test against Bangladesh.

Skipper Kane Williamson contributed exactly 200 not out to back up centuries from openers Tom Latham and Jeet Raval, while Colin de Grandhomme blasted an unbeaten 76 from just 53 balls as the Black Caps posted 715-6 on day three.

The Tigers are facing a crushing defeat after ending the third day on 174-4 in their second innings, trailing by 307 runs.

"It was right up there," batting coach McMillan said of New Zealand's first-innings display.

"Obviously, it was historic in the amount of runs scored, and the contributions throughout the innings makes it very special, and one that the guys are really proud of."

The prolific Williamson became the fourth New Zealander to reach the 6,000-run mark in Tests, after Stephen Fleming, Ross Taylor and Brendon McCullum.

"He was sublime today," added McMillan. "Whenever the Bangladeshi bowlers missed, he hurt them, he was very efficient when they offered scoring opportunities and created those partnerships that we talk a lot about.

"It's not easy, and it takes a lot of hard work behind the scenes that allows him to play like that. He's very hard to bowl at as he bats 360 degrees - all around the wicket.

"Bowlers only have to err a fraction with Kane, and he hurts them, and we saw that today. A terrific knock all around."

Kane Williamson posted an unbeaten double century and New Zealand joined the 700-run club to close in on a mammoth win over Bangladesh in the opening match.

Williamson's second 200-score led New Zealand to 715-6 before they declared in Hamilton on Saturday – the Black Caps becoming the seventh Test nation to breach the 700-run mark after Sri Lanka, India, Australia, West Indies, England and Pakistan.

It also saw New Zealand surpass their previous best Test score of 690 against Pakistan in 2014 as the hosts earned a 481-run lead against Bangladesh at Seddon Park on day three.

And New Zealand are poised to wrap up a comprehensive victory – the tourists 174-4 at stumps and still 307 runs adrift with two full days remaining.

Sent in to bat again following their 234 in the first innings, Bangladesh looked quite comfortable as they reached 88 without loss thanks to Tamim Iqbal (74) and Shadman Islam (37).

But when Shadman fell to Neil Wagner (1-48), Bangladesh lost their way, with Trent Boult (2-53) and fellow quick Tim Southee (1-54) leaving the guests with a mountain to climb.

Resuming on 451-4, Williamson and New Zealand wasted little time as the Black Caps skipper and his team-mates scored freely in a demoralising performance.

Williamson – 93 not out at the start of play – brought up his 20th Test century from just 143 balls as he became the fourth New Zealand batsman to score 6,000 runs in the longest format of the game before lunch, joining Stephen Fleming, Ross Taylor and Brendon McCullum.

Only two New Zealand wickets fell on Saturday – Wagner the first to go off Ebadat Hossain (1-107) after a quick-fire 47 from 35 deliveries.

Mehidy Hasan Miraz got the wicket of BJ Watling (31) but he endured a miserable innings as he finished with figures of 246-2, while Colin de Grandhomme (76) finished not out alongside Williamson.

Soumya Sarkar (39) and Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah Riyad (15) will resume at the crease on Sunday after Mominul Haque (8) and Mohammad Mithun (0) fell cheaply.

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