Kolkata - Skipper Kane Williamson has been quarantined from
his team-mates after going down with a virus which ruled him out of the second
Test against India, New Zealand Cricket said on Friday.
In a blow to the tourists' hopes of levelling the series,
Williamson was omitted from the Black Caps team after he also missed training
"Kane Williamson has been ruled out of the Black Caps
2nd Test in Kolkata with illness. Ross Taylor will captain side," the
Black Caps tweeted on Friday, just a few hours before play began.
Williamson has a viral illness and is also suffering from
fever and dehydration, according to New Zealand's Fairfax media.
New Zealand Cricket said it was "standard
practice" to separate somebody who was sick from his team-mates.
Williamson not only provides leadership for New Zealand but
he is also their most consistent batsman, scoring 75 in a 124-run second-wicket
partnership with Tom Latham in the first Test in Kanpur.
New Zealand need a win at Eden Gardens to square the
three-match series at 1-1 after losing the Kanpur Test by 197 runs.