Williamson was rested after a hip injury during the opening round of the Plunket Shield
New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson was dropped from the 14-man squad who will compete for the home T20I series against England. He sustained a hip injury after playing for the Northern Districts yesterday. Following his absence, Tim Southee will lead the team. He previously led the team against Sri Lanka last month where they won the T20I series.
‘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’, Black Caps coach Gary Stead said.
‘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’, he added.
The selection of players for the squad had a lot of recalls. Jimmy Neesham and Blair Tickner were called to take part for the home series because of their outstanding performances from the recent leagues. Lockie Ferguson returns to play after recovering from a thumb injury. However, he will be replaced by Trent Boult in the last two matches.
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