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Kane Williamson ruled out of England T20Is

New Zealand will host England for a five-match T20I series, starting from November 1.

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Kane Williamson ruled out of England T20Is
Kane Williamson. Photo: cricket.com.au

New Zealand Cricket, on Friday, has announced their squad for the upcoming T20I series against England without regular captain Kane Williamson.

Williamson who is suffering from a right hip injury has been ruled out of the entire series. Tim Southee will lead the side in absence of Williamson.

New Zealand coach Gary Stead noted it as a timely decision to provide Williamson some rest now.

“We’ve been monitoring the injury for a while now and it’s the same issue that ruled him out of the final Test against Bangladesh back in March. It’s disappointing timing for Kane at the start of an exciting Kiwi summer, but we feel it’s the right decision with a busy season ahead,” Stead said.

“We are fortunate to have someone experienced like Tim who can comfortably step in and take the reins, as he successfully did on the recent tour of Sri Lanka,”

he added.

Previously Southee led New Zealand to a 2-1 victory in the T20Is against Sri Lanka.

“In working with Trent and looking at the season ahead, we feel another four-day game will provide him with the best preparation for the upcoming Test series against England and Australia,” Gary Stead said.

Lockie Ferguson has been included in the squad for the first three games after which, Trent Boult will replace him.

New Zealand will host England for a five-match T20I series, starting from November 1. The T20I series will be followed by a two-match Test series.

New Zealand coach said further, “We obviously have a lot of T20 cricket on the horizon ahead of next year’s World Cup and a tough five-game series against England should be a great start to the summer.”

New Zealand T20I squad:

Tim Southee (capt), Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Scott Kuggeleijn, Daryl Mitchell, Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert (wk), Ish Sodhi, Ross Taylor, Blair Tickner. 

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