New Zealand captain Kane Williamson ruled out of first two ODIs against India

Mark Chapman called into squad

Kane Williamson New Zealand

New Zealand captain Kane Williams has been ruled out of the first two ODIs against India.

Williamson has an inflamed joint in his left shoulder. It is the same injury that kept him out of the final two T20I games between the sides last week.

He picked up the injury when fielding in the third T20I in Hamilton.

It means New Zealand will first have to cope without him when the teams clash in Hamilton on Wednesday.

They were already up against it after a 5-0 T20 series whitewash.

The Black Caps are priced at 2.75 (7/4) with bet365 to take victory at Seddon Park. India can be backed at 1.44 (4/9) to continue their winning streak.

The absence of Williamson means Tom Latham will step in to skipper the side in Hamilton and Auckland.

Team physiotherapist Vijay Vallabh explained the injury, saying: “Kane has had an X-ray scan which cleared him of anything serious, but it’s best for his recovery that he avoids aggravating the joint for the next few days.

“He will continue his fitness training sessions throughout the week and will start batting again on Friday with the prospect of being available for game three next Tuesday.”

Chapman returns after two-year absence

While Latham stands in a captain, Mark Chapman has been called up to take the free space in the squad.

The 25-year-old former Hong Kong batsman returns to the senior team fold after a two-year absence.

He now plays for Auckland Aces is arrives on the back of a first-class century in the drawn four-day clash against India A.

Before that knock, he had scored a fine ton for New Zealand A in their 3-2 one-day series win over India A.

Selector Gavin Larsen said: “It’s disappointing for Kane, but with so much important cricket still ahead this summer we must take a safety-first approach.

“It’s great to welcome Mark back into the one-day unit off the back of consecutive centuries for New Zealand A against a strong India A side.

“Mark’s a versatile player who can cover multiple batting positions and his fielding is a real upshot to have in the squad.”

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