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Kane Williamson more likely to miss the rest of T20I sequence vs Pakistan


Kane Williamson is unlikely to characteristic within the remaining three matches of New Zealand’s ongoing T20I sequence towards Pakistan after retiring damage with a hamstring harm throughout his aspect’s 21-run victory in Hamilton on Sunday.

Williamson has flown residence to Tauranga and was attributable to endure a scan on Monday. He was all the time attributable to miss the third match of the sequence in Dunedin on Wednesday, however is a serious doubt for the ultimate two video games. New Zealand lead the sequence 2-0 and are prioritising their upcoming two-Check sequence over South Africa, which begins on February 3.

He retired damage on 26 off 15 balls on Sunday, after feeling tightness in his proper hamstring. “It is the identical leg as what his knee harm was on,” Gary Stead, New Zealand’s coach, stated on Monday morning, referring to the ruptured anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) that sidelined Williamson for six months final 12 months. “He is gone residence to Tauranga. He’ll get a scan in the present day.

“Till I do know extra in regards to the scan, then I have not obtained any additional replace at this stage. Will Younger was going to hitch the group anyway for this [part of the] sequence. Kane wasn’t going to hitch. I believe it is possible that Will will keep on, however till we get the scan outcomes from Kane, then we will not make an extra resolution.”

Requested if Williamson would characteristic within the remaining two T20Is, Stead stated: “I believe it is unlikely he’ll play. I imply with the Check matches so shut as properly and doubtless within the huge scheme of issues within the quick time period for us has greater precedence then I believe it is possible we’ll try to guarantee that he is proper for that.”

Tim Seifert, who’s but to characteristic on this sequence, is more likely to change Williamson within the aspect and can “in all probability” take the gloves from Devon Conway, Stead stated. “It will be one other take a look at with out having Kane there, who I believe all the time offers that stableness to your batting. That’ll be a possibility for, possible, Tim Seifert to come back in and present what he can nonetheless do, and fill in these sneakers that Kane’s in all probability left for the remainder of the sequence.”

Stead additionally confirmed that Trent Boult, who has not performed a T20I because the semi-final of the 2022 World Cup, stays a part of New Zealand’s plans for the 2024 version within the Caribbean and the US. Boult doesn’t maintain a central contract and is because of play within the upcoming ILT20 for MI Emirates, who’re an affiliate of Mumbai Indians.

New Zealand are attributable to play three T20Is towards Australia from February 21-25, instantly after the ILT20, and Stead stated that Boult’s availability is unclear. “We have tried to catch up a few occasions however have not managed to take action. That’ll be one thing we work out later. I am unsure what his commitments are proper at the moment but, so I nonetheless should work that out.”

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