Williamson ruled out of England T20Is, Southee to lead

Black Caps’ captain Kane Williamson has been ruled out of the forthcoming Twenty20 series against England suffering from a recurrent right hip injury. Tim Southee will lead the side in Williamson’s absence. 

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On Friday, Cricket New Zealand announced the squad for the T20I series in which Lockie Ferguson is taken for first three matches whereas Trent Boult will replace Ferguson for rest of the series.

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Williamson hopes to make a return for the two-Test series against the tourists in late November.

New Zealand coach Gary Stead said it was the right decision to give Williamson an interval now.

“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.

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,”

Stead said.

“We’re fortunate to have someone experienced like Tim who can comfortably step in and take the reins.”

Among rest of the choices, all-rounder Jimmy Neesham and pacer Blair Tickner have earned their respective calls.

Neesham has had a successful World Cup run while Tickner just made his international debut earlier this year against India.

The series begins on Friday, November 1, in Christchurch. Stead said, “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.”

It can be noted that the series will be the first meeting between the two sides since the dramatic World Cup final at Lord’s in July ending in Super Over ties.

New Zealand squad for England T20Is:

Tim Southee (capt), Trent Boult (games 4 and 5), Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson (games 1-3), Martin Guptill, Scott Kuggeleijn, Daryl Mitchell, Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert, Ish Sodhi, Ross Taylor, Blair Tickner.

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