New Zealand’s Kane Williamson an injury doubt for Twenty20 match against England
Henry Nicholls has been called up as a precaution.
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson has emerged as an injury doubt for Tuesday’s Twenty20 against England in Wellington.
Williamson revealed at his pre-match press conference that he was feeling soreness in his back, with batsman Henry Nicholls called up as a precaution.
“I’ve got a few niggles, a little bit of niggling in my back… Henry is in as cover for those reasons,” he said.
“I’m looking forward to taking a full part in training and hope I should be fit for tomorrow.”
Williamson’s opposite number, England skipper Eoin Morgan, has question marks over his involvement after missing the previous match against Australia.
Morgan injured his groin during training at the MCG and then joined his team on a frustrating travel day across the Tasman Sea, with a five-hour delay in Melbourne airport followed by three-and-a-half hours in the air.
He will be assessed by medical staff before any decision is made.
“Morgs is a big player for them, the leader of the group, but at the same time they’ll be backing their depth.
“They have lots of exciting, talented players and with Jos stepping up (from vice-captain) they be backing themselves.”
Only one of New Zealand or England can join Australia in the final of the tri-series, with Australia winning the curtain-raiser against the Black Caps followed by back-to-back games against Morgan’s men.
“It’s a big opportunity for us and for England,” he said.
“We want to get on the board in the tri-series and it’s very important we play good cricket.
“We know England are a dangerous side; Australia have got off to a great start and come up with the wins but that doesn’t make England any less dangerous.”