November 21, Napier [New Zealand]: Kane Williamson, captain of New Zealand, will miss the last T20I match against India in Napier because of an already scheduled medical visit.
New Zealand Cricket (NZC) announced on Monday that Blackcaps skipper Kane Williamson would miss Tuesday’s third T20l in Napier so that he could attend a previously scheduled medical appointment.
Mark Chapman, batter for the Auckland Aces, will travel to Napier to join the T20I team today.
Williamson will be with the team on Wednesday when the One-Day International squad gathers in Auckland before Friday’s series opener at Eden Park.
Coach Gary Stead has stated that Williamson’s past elbow ailment had nothing to do with the medical appointment.
As Stead said, Kane had been trying to plan this for some time, but it has not worked out with our timetable.
The welfare of our players and staff is of the utmost importance, so we’re glad he’ll be in Aukland.
According to Stead, Chapman is happy to be back with the team after participating in the T20 World Cup and Tri-Series in Christchurch.
“He’s a fantastic player who can play all over the order,” he said.
Tim Southee named captain for 3rd T20I
Stead stated that Tim Southee would be the team captain for Tuesday night’s decisive contest at McLean Park.
India has taken an early 1-0 lead in the three-game T20I series. After the first T20I was called off before any balls were bowled owing to weather, India went on to win the second game by 65 runs. Notable performances came from both Suryakumar Yadav (111* off 51 balls) and Deepak Hooda (4 wickets for 10 runs) in the batting department.
Williamson’s poor T2Ols strikeout rate is also a point of contention. He has played in 13 games this year, averaging 36.91 and scoring 443 runs. Three of those scores were for 50 or more.
However, his poor 118.76 per cent strike rate has been a drag on his efficiency whether he’s establishing a target or trying to catch up to it.