Kane Williamson has announced that he is stepping down from the Test captaincy. Williamson has served as the skipper of the longest format after serving for six years and under his captaincy, New Zealand has won the inaugural World Test Championship by beating India in the Final at the Ageas Bowl in 2021.
Williamson took over the reins of the red-ball team from Brendon McCullum in 2016 and he has led the team to the top since then. Williamson has captained New Zealand in 40 Tests out of which they won 22 and lost 10 Test matches. 8 matches ended in a draw in Williamson’s captaincy.
Williamson has smashed 24 Test centuries in his career, out of which 11 centuries came while he was captain. This is a record for New Zealand team history. He has maintained an impressive average of 57 during his captaincy tenure.
His name often comes in the ‘big four’ along with Virat Kohli, Steve Smith and Joe Root.
On his decision to step down from red-ball leadership, Williamson said, “Captaining the BLACKCAPS in Test cricket has been an incredibly special honour. For me, Test cricket is the pinnacle of the game and I've enjoyed the challenges of leading the side in the format. Captaincy comes with an increased workload on and off the field and at this stage of my career I feel the time is right for this decision.”
The 34-year-old fast bowler, Tim Southee has been appointed as the skipper and he will lead the New Zealand Test team in the upcoming tour to Pakistan which will feature 2 Tests starting from 26th December, 2022.
Southee has earlier led the Kiwis in 22 T20Is and an ODI. Southee has an experience of 88 Tests in which he has picked 347 wickets and smashed 1855 runs.