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Kane Williamson doubtful for second ODI against England

Kane Williamson is in doubt for the Bay Oval ODI
Kane Williamson is in doubt for the Bay Oval ODI

New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson is a doubtful starter for the second One-Day International against England following a hamstring injury.

The 27-year-old has been playing with a niggle for the last few months and has missed games against Pakistan and West Indies recently and will undergo a fitness ahead of the Wednesday's game.

Meanwhile, vice-captain Tim Southee will lead the side in the case of Williamson failing to prove fitness and Mark Chapman has been drafted into the squad as a cover.

"If he [Williamson] proves his fitness, he'll definitely play - otherwise Chapman will play," said New Zealand coach Mike Hesson.4

"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 is 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 that".

Chapman, who has played two ODIs for Hong Kong previously, made his debut for New Zealand recently in the trans-Tasman Tri-Series and his inclusion came following an injury to George Worker in the recently concluded Ford Trophy final.

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