Williamson To Miss India T20Is, Southee To Captain NZ In 1st Game

Kane Williamson will sit out the T20I series against India.© AFP

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson will miss the Twenty20 International (T20I) series against India to focus on the following Test series that starts on November 25 in Kanpur. The New Zealand cricket board announced the T20I squad for the series in India on Monday with fast bowler Tim Southee named the captain for the opening game on November 17 in Williamson’s absence. “BLACKCAPS captain Kane Williamson will miss this week’s three-game T20 series against India as he prioritises preparing for the Test series starting on November 25 in Kanpur,” NZC said in a statement.

“With the opening game of the T20 series on Wednesday evening, followed by games on Friday and Sunday night – the decision was made for Williamson to join the Test specialist group already training in Jaipur as they focus on red-ball preparation,” the statement read.

“Tim Southee will captain the T20 side for the opening game on Wednesday, while Kyle Jamieson, Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips, and Mitchell Santner are also available for both series. Lockie Ferguson’s recovery from a right calf-strain continues to progress well and he is expected to be available for the T20 series.”

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