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Shoulder Injury Sidelines Kane Williamson

Kane Williamson
Kane Williamson will sit out up to three matches with a shoulder injury
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New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson will be out of action for between seven and 10 days to rest a minor shoulder injury.

He aggravated an existing injury during the first One-Day International against Sri Lanka while diving in the field.

And while the injury was managed during the second Test and first ODI, he will now take time off to allow his shoulder to recover.

The timeframe means he is likely to miss the second, third and fourth matches in the seven-game series.

"Kane is obviously a very important player for us and we need to give his shoulder the time to fully recover," head coach Mike Hesson said.

"He’s played a lot of cricket of late and this window will allow him to get back to 100%."

Williamson led the New Zealand team during their ODI series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates late last year and then scored a career-best 242 not out during the second Test against Sri Lanka.

To date, he has played 60 ODIs for his country, scoring 2,060 runs at an average of 42.92 and a strike rate of 80.56.

New Zealand have not named a replacement player in their squad and they are next in action when the second ODI gets underway in Hamilton on Thursday 15th January.

They won the opening match by three wickets.

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