Kane in doubt against England

New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson’s participation against England in the fourth match of the tri-nation T20I series is in doubt after it was revealed that the 27-year-old was struggling with a back injury.

But the Kiwi captain is hopeful that he can play the match and believes it will be settled by tomorrow. Kane said in the press conference on Monday: “I’m 100-ish. I am looking forward to taking a full part in training and hoping I should be fit for tomorrow night but Henry is in as cover. I’ve got a bit of a back niggle and hopefully it’s settled by tomorrow.”

The decision about Williamson is likely to be taken on the morning of the match. If Williamson isn’t fit, Tim Southee is likely to lead the side, like in the first Twenty20 International against Pakistan earlier in the season, when a side strain had ruled Williamson out.

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On nature of a tri-series: “It’s hard when you’ve got three teams and they are all trying to play cricket at the same time. Obviously England and Australia have played two in a row which means we didn’t have a game to play. It’s the nature of a tri-series. T20, if we look at it straight off the bat, it is fickle. It’s important we don’t chase the win, we chase how we want to be playing our cricket.”

With Australia already in the final with a hat-trick of wins, both New Zealand and England will be hopeful of fielding their best sides and stake a claim to the other final spot.

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