25 Oct 2019

Kane Williamson to miss T20 series

10:28 am on 25 October 2019

Black Caps captain Kane Williamson will miss the T20 series against England because of an injury.

Black Caps captain Kane Williamson talks to the media.

Kane Williamson Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Williamson has withdrawn from the squad with a right hip injury.

Tim Southee will captain the side for the five match series which starts in Christchurch next Friday.

The decision to rest Williamson was made following the opening round of the Plunket Shield yesterday where Williamson turned out for Northern Districts against Canterbury at Hagley Oval.

Black Caps coach Gary Stead spoke with Williamson after the match and they agreed a period of rest was the best way forward.

"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," said Stead.

"It's disappointing timing for Kane at the start of an exciting 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."

Having been named in the New Zealand XI side to face England in two T20 warm-ups starting on Sunday, fast-bowler Lockie Ferguson has also been included for the first three games of the series as he returns from a broken thumb.

Ferguson will make way in the final two games for left-armer Trent Boult who is set to play a second round of Plunket Shield four-day cricket next week.

"In working with Trent and looking at the season ahead, we feel another four-day game will provide him with the best preparation for the upcoming Test series against England and Australia," added Stead.

New Zealand bowler Blair Tickner celebrates the wicket of Pant on debut. New Zealand Black Caps v India. Twenty20 International cricket. 3rd T20. Seddon Park, Hamilton, New Zealand. Sunday 10 February 2019 © Copyright photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.photosport.nz

Blair Tickner Photo: Photosport Ltd 2019

Central Stags pace-bowler Blair Tickner's been included in a Black Caps full-squad for the first time, after making his debut in the T20 series decider against India earlier this year.

In commenting on the rest of the squad, Stead noted the power and versatility across the line-up.

"If you look at the batsmen there's plenty of good ball strikers and that explosive hitting is a crucial component in the shortest format.

"Tim will have a variety of bowling options including our spin combination of Ish and Mitch who are both ranked inside the top ten T20 bowlers in the world.

"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."


Tim Southee (c)

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 (wk)

Ish Sodhi

Ross Taylor

Blair Tickner