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Former New Zealand pacer Simon Doull has urged Kane Williamson to step down as New Zealand’s Test captain to prolong his playing career.
Speaking to the Guardian, Doull said, “I just don’t know about the longevity of Kane Williamson the captain.
“He is without doubt the best player we’ve ever produced outside of Sir Richard Hadlee. He is world class and I’d love him to be just the best player we’ve ever seen and if that means giving up the Test captaincy to prolong his career, I think he should,"
“He’s never been a lover of doing the media – he’s just not that guy – he’s a real cricket guy, he loves the game, studies the game. I just don’t know that he can sustain all three formats. I would rather he was just New Zealand’s one-day and T20 captain,” he said.
He further said that Tom Latham is a worthy replacement to become New Zealand’s new Test captain.
“When you’ve got a really worthy replacement, and Tom Latham is. I think that is the easiest time to transition and walk away from it. New Zealand don’t play another Test until the autumn [after Headingley], so it is not a bad time after the Leeds Test to do it,” he added.
Williamson has played only two Tests since guiding New Zealand to the World Test Championship in 2021. He also missed the second Test against England at Trent Bridge because of injury.