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Kane Williamson

Kane Williamson ruled out of first two ODIs against India

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New Zealand captain Kane Williamson has been ruled out of the first two ODIs against India with an inflamed AC joint problem in his left shoulder.

Williamson sustained the injury in the field during the third T20I in Hamilton, and was subsequently ruled out of the remaining two matches, as New Zealand were swept 5-0 by India. 

“Kane has had an X-ray scan which cleared him of anything serious, but it’s best for his recovery that he avoids aggravating the joint for the next few days,” team physio Vijay Vallabh said. “He will continue his fitness training sessions throughout the week and will start batting again on Friday with the prospect of being available for game three next Tuesday.”

Selector Gavin Larsen confirmed Mark Chapman as Williamson's replacement and that he would join the squad in Hamilton on Tuesday, 4 February.

 “It’s disappointing for Kane, but with so much important cricket still ahead this summer we must take a safety first approach,” Larsen said. “It’s great to welcome Mark back into the one-day unit off the back of consecutive centuries for New Zealand A against a strong India A side.

 “Mark’s a versatile player who can cover multiple batting positions and his fielding is a real upshot to have in the squad.”

In Williamson's absence, Tom Latham will take over the captaincy duties. The first ODI will be played at Seddon Park on Wednesday, 5 February.

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