India vs New Zealand: Kane Williamson ruled out the first two ODIs against India
WELLINGTON: captain of New Zealand Kane Williamson He has been ruled out of the first two international one-day games against India this week due to a shoulder problem and Mark Chapman replaced him on the team.
Williamson suffered an inflamed AC joint in his left shoulder while playing in a Twenty20 game against India last week and he will miss Wednesday's game in Hamilton and Saturday's crash in Auckland, New Zealand's Cricket said Tuesday.
Black Caps physiotherapist Vijay Vallabh said Williamson's injury would be handled with caution and that the batter could be fit for the third and final game of the series at Mount Maunganui.
Kane underwent an X-ray exam that freed him from anything serious, but it is better for his recovery to avoid aggravating the joint over the next few days, Vallabh said in a statement.
He will continue his physical training sessions throughout the week and start batting again on Friday with the possibility of being available for the third game next Tuesday.
Tom Latham Will replace Williamson as captain in the first two games.
Left-handed batter Chapman scored 124 not in his debut against the United Arab Emirates in Dubai in 2015, but only managed nine races in three games against England last year in his last ODI outings.
It's great to welcome Mark to the unit one day after consecutive centuries for New Zealand A against a strong team from India A, said coach Gavin Larsen.
Mark is a versatile player who can cover multiple batting positions and his fielding is a true result in the team.
New Zealand will also play tests against India in Hamilton and Christchurch in late February and early March. Tourists won the recently concluded Twenty20 series, with a 5-0 sweep.