New Zealand captain Kane Williamson was banned from England for a hip injury from the Twenty20 series. The pacemaker with his right arm, Tim Southee, will lead the team in his absence.
Williamson’s hip has been bothering him for some time – prompting him to retire in the middle of the Bangladesh test series in March. After talks with head coach Gary Stead, he recently represented the Northern Districts against Canterbury at Plunket Shield.
“We’ve been watching the injury for some time now and it’s the same problem that precluded him from his last Test against Bangladesh in March,” Stead said Friday, October 25. “It’s a disappointing moment for Kane at the start of an exciting kiwi summer, but we think this is the right decision as a busy season is approaching.
“We are fortunate enough to have someone like Tim who can jump in and take the reins, as he recently did on the Sri Lanka tour.”
Fast bowler Lockie Ferguson is about to make a comeback after being ruled out of a thumb injury from New Zealand’s entire tour of Sri Lanka. The 28-year-old recently played in the final of the 2019 ICC men’s cricket world championship against England and now plays in two warm-up games against a New Zealand XI. He will also be available for the first three games of the T20Is series before making way in the last two games to Trent Boult.
Boult, New Zealand’s top ranked player in the ICC Bowling test at MRF Tires, will first prepare for the upcoming test against England. With the points of the World Test Championship in the balance, New Zealand will be hoping to have its best players available for a big test summer, with series against England, Australia and India over the next four months.
Against this background, Boult will play another game at Plunket Shield, New Zealand’s premier competition before moving to the national squad for the T20I series.
“Working with Trent and looking forward to the coming season,” said Stead, “we see another four-day game that will give him the best preparation for the upcoming trials against England and Australia.”