New Zealand captain Kane Williamson will not be taking part in the three-match T20I series to prepare for the test series, while Tim Southee will lead the Kiwis in the shortest format. Kane Williamson’s brilliant 85 of 48 balls wasn’t enough in the final against Australia in the T20 World cup, and New Zealand dropped yet another chance of winning an ICC trophy.
Their record in the finals hasn’t been great, and the fact that they lost the toss as well meant that Australia cruised to victory with more than one over to spare. New Zealand will have no time to recover as they will face India for a three-match T20I series and two tests straightaway after the T20 World cup.
Kane Williamson To Join The Test Specialist Group
New Zealand does have some players who are part of just the test squad in India, including the likes of Neil Wagner, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Ross Taylor. Kane Williamson will join the squad as preparation for the test series in India, which is definitely one of the toughest.
“With the opening game of the T20 series on Wednesday evening, followed by games on Friday and Sunday night – the decision was made for Williamson to join the Test specialist group already training in Jaipur as they focus on red-ball preparation,” The New Zealand cricket said in a statement.
Tim Southee To Lead The New Zealand T20 Side
Fast Bowler Tim Southee, who has been the vice-captain of the New Zealand side, will now lead the Kiwis in the three-match T20I series. Kyle Jamieson, Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips, and Mitchell Santner will all take part in both formats while there isn’t any confirmation yet on Lockie Ferguson’s recovery.
“Tim Southee will captain the T20 side for the opening game on Wednesday, while Kyle Jamieson, Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips, and Mitchell Santner are also available for both series,” it added.
New Zealand outclassed India in the Super 12 stages of the T20 World cup 2021, and it won’t be a surprise if they produce the same kind of performance.