Kolkata - New
Zealand skipper Kane Williamson missed training on Thursday after being
hit by a bug, raising concerns over his fitness for the second Test
Team-mate Tom Latham said the Black Caps were hoping the talismanic
batsman would be fully recovered for the first day on Friday as the
tourists fight to save the series.
"Kane is a little bit crook (sick) today so he won't be training.
Hopefully he'll be fine to go tomorrow," Latham told reporters.
"There is no discomfort, he is just down with a bug. Nothing too major, he is just resting up and getting right for tomorrow."
New Zealand need a win at Eden Gardens to square the three-match
series at 1-1 after they lost the first Test in Kanpur by 197 runs.
Williamson's 124-run second-wicket partnership with Latham in the
first innings was a bright spot for the visitors, who had their moments
in the game.
Luke Ronchi and Mitchell Santner also hit fighting half-centuries in
the second innings and Latham said a little more consistency could reap
"Nothing really changes too much (from Kanpur). You have to do all
the cliche things you need to do at the start of an innings," he said.
"We weren't too far away in the first test. As Hess (coach Mike
Hesson) has alluded to, we just need to do things for a little bit
"If we can do that with bat and ball it will a good chance in this match."