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Kane Williamson ruled out of South Africa series with injury

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New Zealand all-rounder Kane Williamson will play no part in the remainder of the three-match ODI series at home to South Africa, owing to a wrist injury, reports Sky Sports.

The right-hand batsman will undergo rehabilitation on his left wrist after initially injuring it
during the recent Champions League T20 tournament.

As a result, he will be unable to help the Black Caps attempt to overturn a 1-0 deficit in their World Cup warm-up series against the Proteas.

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Key player

Williamson’s absence will leave a void in both the New Zealand batting and bowling departments.

The 24-year-old averages just under 40 with the bat in One-Day International cricket, and has struck three centuries – the most recent of which came against the South Africans to clinch a series victory in January 2013.

And the former Yorkshire player is also quite handy as an off-spinner, taking 23 ODI scalps at a touch over 30. With preparation now underway for the co-hosting of next year’s World Cup, the Kiwis would rather have all of their players available, but at the same time, don’t want to aggravate his injury.

Champions League

The middle-order batsman played through the pain at the Champions League T20 in India during September. Cortisone injections were administered to help him compete for Northern District.

And they certainly seemed to be helping when he scored his maiden T20 century. An unbeaten knock of 101 was the fastest individual hundred scored in the competition’s history.

But now the all-rounder is potentially paying the price for participating in the Champions
League. Some rest and rehabilitation will hopefully ensure that there is no risk of him missing a World Cup on home soil in 2015.

Opening ODI

Without Williamson in their ranks, New Zealand lost the first of three ODIs against South Africa by six wickets at Mount Maunganui. Luke Ronchi was one run shy of posting his
maiden international century, whilst Daniel Vettori played his first game for New Zealand since June 2013.

The hosts must be victorious in the second ODI on Friday if they are to stand any chance of being outright winners in the series, and taking a mental boost ahead of next year’s
tournament.

New Zealand and South Africa have been drawn in separate groups for the 2015 World Cup, but there is every chance that they could meet in the knockout stages.

Both Williamson and Ross Taylor – who is also currently out with a calf injury – are expected to be a part of the Kiwis squad that travels to the United Arab Emirates next month to play three Test matches, five ODIs and two T20 fixtures against Pakistan.

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