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New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson praised the depth of the Indian team across all three formats, claiming that they are one of the toughest challenges to face on a cricket field.

The Kiwis are on a tour of India where they will play a 3-match T20I series followed by a 2-match Test series, which will be part of the World Test Championship (WTC) 2021-23 cycle. Ahead of the first game on Wednesday, Williamson said:

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When you play against India, it is one of the biggest challenges in the game and in all formats, the depth they have in their country and the quality they have throughout is something that is incredible and it is the reason why they are where they are in world cricket.

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New Zealand Cricket (NZC) confirmed that Williamson will not be taking part in the T20I series in order to manage his workload and focus on preparing for the Test series.

Blackcaps captain Kane Williamson will miss this week’s three-game T20 series against India as he prioritizes preparing for the Test series starting on November 25 in Kanpur,” the NZC statement read.

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In his stead, Tim Southee will be the skipper of the side for the opening match. According to reports, there are also possibilities of seeing three separate captains for the three games in order to keep things light and test combinations and strategies.

New Zealand squad for T20 series:

Tim Southee (captain), Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Mark Chapman, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Kyle Jamieson, Adam Milne, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert, and Ish Sodhi.

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