Black Caps could be without Williamson, Boult, Jamieson for England Tests

New Zealand might have to do without star trio Kane Williamson, Trent Boult and Kyle Jamieson when they take on England in two Tests in early June.

The three Black Caps stars are all key members of their respective Indian Premier League sides and are unlikely to be allowed to join up with the rest of the Kiwi squad before the tournament ends on May 30.

Considering current Covid-19 protocols, they will have to go into quarantine when they arrive in the UK, and considering the first Test against England starts on June 2, they have been effectively ruled out.

Should they be vaccinated prior to then the situation might change, although it seems unlikely they will be able to play against England if they are playing in India three days earlier.

England also affected

The situation could change, however, should the trio’s respective IPL teams fail to reach the knock-out stage, as the preliminary round ends on May 23.

England are also likely to be heavily affected by the IPL, with the likes of Jofra Archer, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow, Chris Woakes, Sam Curran and Moeen Ali all in doubt.

The second England-New Zealand Test stars on June 10, while the Kiwis’ World Test Championship final against India starts on June 18.