New Zealand suffered a blow ahead of their third and final T20I against India on Tuesday with the news that skipper and star hitter Kane Williamson will miss the game to attend a medical appointment.
Williamson scored for New Zealand with an elegant 61 in the Black Caps’ 65-point loss to India at Mount Maunganui on Sunday, but the inspirational captain will skip the series decider at Napier on Tuesday.
Experienced bowler Tim Southee will captain the Kiwis in Williamson’s absence, while left-handed hitter Mark Chapman is called up to the squad to replace the New Zealand skipper.
New Zealand manager Gary Stead has insisted the medical appointment Williamson will be attending has nothing to do with his ongoing elbow problem and the 32-year-old will join the squad ahead of the ODI series which kicks off in Auckland on Friday.
“Kane has been trying to book this for a while now but unfortunately it couldn’t fit into our schedule.” Stead said.
“The health and well-being of our players and staff is paramount, and we can’t wait to see that in Auckland.”
India’s emphatic win on Sunday sees the Asian side hold a 1-0 lead in the three-game series, with New Zealand demanding a win on Tuesday to avoid a series loss after the first game was abandoned due to wet weather.
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