Kane Williamson ruled out of T20I series against England due to injury
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson has been ruled out of T20Is against England due to hip injury. He was discarded during the Test series against Bangladesh in March because of the same problem. Fast bowler Tim Southee to lead the Blackcaps in a five-match home T20I series.
Gary Stead, New Zealand coach, said it was the same issue that Williamson faced during the Test match series against Bangladesh. He is expected to make a comeback in a two-match Test series in late November.
“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,” 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.
“We’re 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.”
Kiwi paceman Lockie Ferguson is ready for a comeback after a thumb injury that ruled him out of the New Zealand’s whole tour of Sri Lanka. He last appeared for national side in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 final versus England.