Kane Williamson will miss tomorrow’s third Test against Bangladesh after failing to recover from a left pectoral muscle injury.
His absence paves the way for Central Stags batsman Will Young to make his BLACKCAPS Test debut, while Tim Southee will become New Zealand’s 30th Test captain.
Coach Gary Stead said Williamson had improved since the second Test but it wasn’t worth the risk of playing him at Hagley Oval.
“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.
“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.”
Wicket-keeper BJ Watling has overcome his hamstring injury and has passed a fitness test today to be available for selection.