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Williamson to miss third T20I against India


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New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson will be missing the third and final T20I against India slated to be played on Tuesday in Napier, confirmed by New Zealand Cricket (NZC) on Monday.

In his absence, pacer Tim Southee would be leading the Blackcaps. However, Williamson would join the side in the three-match ODI series.

"Blackcaps captain Kane Williamson will miss the third T20I in Napier on Tuesday to attend a pre-arranged medical appointment," stated an official statement.

"Auckland Aces batsman Mark Chapman will join the T20 squad in Napier today," it added.

Williamson will rejoin the Blackcaps on Wednesday when the ODI squad assembles in Auckland ahead of the series opener at Eden Park in Friday.

Kiwi coach Gary Stead said the medical appointment had nothing to do with Williamson's historic elbow complaint.

"Kane's been trying to get this booked in for a while now, but unfortunately it hasn't been able to fit into our schedule. The health and well-being of our players and staff is paramount, and we look forward to seeing him in Auckland," he said.