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New Zealand captain Kane Williamson could be sidelined for the second ODI against England in Mount Maunganui on Wednesday due to a hamstring injury.
New Zealand head coach Mike Hesson described Williamson’s injury as a “mild hamstring strain” and added that he has been listed as “day to day”.
Should Williamson not be fit for the second ODI, pace bowler Tim Southee will assume the role of captain, while Hong Kong-born Mark Chapman, who plays for Auckland, will make his ODI debut.
“If he proves he’s fit, he’ll definitely play,” Hesson was quoted as saying by stuff.co.nz. “If he [Williamson] proves his fitness, he’ll definitely play – otherwise Mark Chapman will play.
“He’s had a few little niggles over the last few months. This is just a mild hamstring strain, but one he’s obviously got to make sure he’s 100 per cent ready to go.
“It’s a big blow – Kane’s obviously a high quality player. But we’ve got to have confidence in our squad as well. There’ll be some minor adjustments there but throughout the year, even when Kane hasn’t played, we’ve been able to put in a performance, so that won’t be an excuse.
“Your side’s got to be good enough to be able to cope with those things from time to time and I guess that is the advantage of using some different players throughout the year.
“George Worker would have come in as a top three replacement but unfortunately George stood on a ball in the Ford Trophy final and has an issue with his ankle.”
Meanwhile, wicketkeeper-batsman Tom Latham admitted that he was pleased to have rekindled his form with the bat in the first ODI in Hamilton on Sunday, where he scored 79.
“I’d love to be able to put the finger on it,” Latham said. “It’s one of those things – cricket’s a funny game, it ebbs and flows and I haven’t quite had the success I’ve had overseas but hopefully what happened the other night is a step in the right direction.
“Some days you hit the ball and it goes straight to the fielders and some days they go in the gap. Lucky for me, they went in the gap and I got a good start and tried to wrestle back a little momentum.”
Latham added that he is still getting used to his role in the middle order.
“It’s been enjoyable to date. I’m learning from different situations – when to play aggressively and when to not,” he said. “In the middle order, your game changes to much depending on the match situation. So it’s about trying to recognise that and when to adapt to play the right sort of way.”