Kane Williamson ruled out of South Africa match

Written by Sumit Seth

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson was ruled out of Wednesday’s match against South Africa in Pune after failing to recover from his injury.

Williamson fractured his thumb during a match against Bangladesh this month forcing him to miss New Zealand’s last three matches against Afghanistan, India and Australia.

“Kane Williamson has been ruled out of Wednesday’s match against @ProteasMenCSA. Williamson has batted in the nets the last two days but has been ruled out of a return to match action tomorrow. He will be assessed again ahead of the side’s next match against @TheRealPCB,” Black Caps said on X.

Tom Latham, who took over the captaincy in Williamson’s absence, told reporters on Tuesday that the injured players’ progress was being monitored on a day-to-day basis.

“We’ll obviously get through hopefully a bit of work today and then we’ll see how they pull up from a selection point of view,” the wicketkeeper-captain said.

“Lockie went off in the last game with a bit of an Achilles’ niggle, so fingers crossed he’ll be fine for tomorrow.”

Ferguson was injured during Saturday’s high-scoring game against Australia which New Zealand lost by five runs, falling to fourth on the table. All-rounder Chapman missed the game due to a calf injury.

Replacing Chapman, Neesham produced a gutsy half-century to nearly pull off an improbable victory.

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