New Zealand skipper Williamson out of Bangladesh series with elbow injury


FILE PHOTO: Cricket - New Zealand v India - Second Test - Hagley Oval, Christchurch, New Zealand - February 29, 2020 New Zealand's Kane Williamson during the match REUTERS/Martin Hunter/File Photo

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand captain Kane Williamson will miss the one-day series against Bangladesh with an elbow problem, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) said on Tuesday.

Williamson, who led the 'Black Caps' to a 3-2 T20 series win over Australia on Sunday, has a small tear in his left elbow tendon and had been "experiencing irritation" in the latter half of the summer, NZC said in a statement.

"Kane has been managing the elbow injury to varying degrees this summer and unfortunately it hasn’t improved,” NZC Medical Manager Dayle Shackel said.

"He obviously has a high volume of training and playing across the three formats, which has inhibited his ability to recover.

"We believe he now needs a period of rest and rehabilitation to get the injury right.

"Time-frames can vary but we’re hopeful that, after an initial rest, he should be able to begin rehabilitation next week."

Coach Gary Stead said it was a blow to lose Williamson for the three-game ODI series against Bangladesh, which starts on March 20, but it was the right call.

"Kane loves playing for his country -- so it hasn’t been an easy decision to step back," Stead said.

"A batsman’s front elbow is crucial to his game and with the injury not improving it was clear something needed to be done.

"We’ve got a huge year of cricket ahead with an England test tour and ICC World Test Championship final first up in May and June, and we want to make sure we have Kane fit and firing for that."

(Reporting by Ian Ransom in Melbourne; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 46
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
Join our Telegram channel to get our Evening Alerts and breaking news highlights
   

Next In Cricket

Cricket-South Africa confirm white-ball tour of Sri Lanka in September
Cricket-Birthday boy Hasaranga steers Sri Lanka to T20 series win over India
Cricket-Sri Lanka hold nerve to sink depleted India in low-scoring thriller
Cricket-Ashes without England's best would be "farcical", says Vaughan
Cricket-Pollard slams pitch as Australia cruise to series win
Cricket-Shaw, Yadav added to India squad for England series
Cricket-Bhuvneshwar shines as India beat Sri Lanka by 38 runs in first T20
Cricket-Bangladesh beat Zimbabwe by five wickets to take T20 series
Cricket-Knee injury forces Australia captain Finch to return home
Cricket-Pooran and Holder lead West Indies to win over Australia

Stories You'll Enjoy


Vouchers