Kane Williamson has stepped down as the New Zealand Test captain, with Tim Southee set to replace him at the helm. Williamson, who took over the role in 2016 from Brendon McCullum and has led New Zealand to 22 wins in 38 Tests, will continue to lead the side in the white-ball formats.
New Zealand enjoyed their finest hour in Test cricket under the leadership of Williamson. They reached the top of the Test rankings in 2021 before going on to defeat India in the final of the inaugural ICC Test Championship in June that year.
Thank you Kane. One of the finest captains to lead New Zealand over the rope in Test cricket.
40 Tests as captain. 22 wins, 8 draws, 10 losses
World Test Champion 🏆
Average of 57 as captain. Only Martin Crowe (54) has also averaged 50 or more as captain for NZ.#StatChat pic.twitter.com/bm11T0CLMk
— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) December 15, 2022