Kane Williamson ruled out of 3rd T20I against India, Tim Southee is likely to lead the squad


New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson will miss the third T20 International at Napier on Tuesday (Nov. 22) to attend a pre-arranged medical appointment, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) said Monday.

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Domestic Auckland Aces batsman Mark Chapman will join the T20 squad in Napier later on Monday. Williamson will rejoin the squad on Wednesday when the one-day international squad gathers in Auckland ahead of the series opener at Eden Park on Friday.

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Coach Gary Stead said the medical appointment had nothing to do with Williamson’s historic elbow injury.

“Kane has been trying to book this for a while, but unfortunately it doesn’t fit into our schedule.” Stead said.

“The health and well-being of our players and staff is paramount and we look forward to seeing him in Auckland.”

Stead said Chapman was excited to be back with the side after his performance in the recent T20 World Cup and Tri Series in Christchurch. “He’s a quality player who brings good versatility in the order.”

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Stead confirmed that Tim Southee will be captain here for the third and final game at McLean Park.

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On Sunday, Indian middle-class batsman Suryakumar Yadav had started a storm at a sold-out Bay Oval ground to help the visitors crush New Zealand by 65 runs and take a 1-0 lead in the three-match T20I series . The opening game of the series was abandoned due to rain.

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Against a New Zealand bowling attack that was far from their consistent best, Suryakumar delivered another 360-degree amazing masterclass in T20I batting with an unbeaten 49-ball century to propel India to victory.

On a slow field where almost all Indian and New Zealand batters found it difficult to time the ball, Suryakumar, the top T20I batsman, hit 11 fours and seven sixes across the entire park with a batting frequency of 217.65. unbeaten on 111 from 51 balls, which Virat Kohli aptly called “another video game innings” on Twitter.


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