Kane Williamson to Miss T20Is, Tim Southee Named Captain

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New Zealand captain Kane Williamson will not participate in the upcoming three-match T20I series against India, that will commence on November 17 in Jaipur. As reported by news agency ANI, the Kiwi skipper will take a break to prepare for the 2 Tests that will be played after the commencement of the T20Is.

In Williamson’s absence, 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.

“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,” New Zealand Cricket (NZC) said in a statement.

NZC said 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.

Earlier on Monday, the New Zealand squad arrived in Jaipur on a charter flight, a day after losing the T20 World Cup final to Australia in Dubai. Since it is a bubble-to-bubble transfer, the Black Caps will not have to quarantine before the first T20I against hosts India on Wednesday.

“They arrived in the evening and will be tested as per protocol before they have their practice session tomorrow,” confirmed a Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) official. New Zealand lost their maiden T20 World Cup final by eight wickets.

It is expected to be tough for the Kiwis to regroup quickly for the three games against India. “It’s the first time that I can remember that we’re so quickly into another series immediately at the back-end of the T20 World Cup. It’s definitely tough and challenging but it is what is in front of us,” head coach Gary Stead was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo on the hectic scheduling.

(With Agency Inputs)

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