Kane Williamson returned home on Tuesday for the birth of his second childThe New Zealander left the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL to be with his wifeNew Zealand have begun their tour in the UK without him and a host of others 

New Zealand expect captain Kane Williamson to lead the world champions in the first Test at Lord’s in a fortnight despite his return to New Zealand for the birth of his second child on Tuesday.

Williamson, 31, who also leads Sunrisers Hyderabad, left the Indian Premier League with one regular league fixture remaining and qualification for the knockout stages hanging in the balance, to be with wife Sarah.

The New Zealanders have begun their tour here without him, as well as a clutch of other IPL participants, but hope to have them all here in advance of the first match of a three-Test series on June 2.

New Zealand expect captain Kane Williamson to lead the World Test champions out at Lord's in a fortnight despite the 'fab four' batsman returning home for the birth of his second child on Tuesday

The New Zealand skipper returned home to be with his wife Sarah for the birth of their second child together

New Zealand expect captain Kane Williamson to lead the World Test champions out at Lord's in a fortnight despite the 'fab four' batsman returning home for the birth of his second child on Tuesday

Kane Williamson will look to continue his impressive run of form in England when he joins up with the rest of the squad

New Zealand expect captain Kane Williamson to lead the World Test champions out at Lord's in a fortnight despite the 'fab four' batsman returning home for the birth of his second child on Tuesday

Devon Conway, who hit a hundred on debut at Lord’s last year, remains at the IPL

As things stand, it is anticipated that Williamson will join up with his colleagues on the eve of their second tour match against a First-Class Counties XI in Chelmsford, starting next Thursday.

Despite his importance to the Black Caps, they have excelled without him in recent times, as highlighted 12 months ago when they sealed their first series win in England for 22 years with Tom Latham wearing the armband at Edgbaston, due to Williamson’s elbow injury.

They begin preparations with a four-day match versus Sussex at Hove from Friday, with new ball duo Trent Boult and Tim Southee plus opening bat Devon Conway still out in India.

New Zealand expect captain Kane Williamson to lead the World Test champions out at Lord's in a fortnight despite the 'fab four' batsman returning home for the birth of his second child on Tuesday

Left-arm quick Trent Boult remains in India for the IPL despite New Zealand’s tour having started in the UK

New Zealand expect captain Kane Williamson to lead the World Test champions out at Lord's in a fortnight despite the 'fab four' batsman returning home for the birth of his second child on Tuesday

Tim Southee, Boult’s fellow new-ball bowler, is still at the IPL and will join the squad at a later date

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