New Zealand captain Kane Williamson will miss the upcoming Twenty20 series against England after a recurring hip injury flared up, team officials said on Friday.
Paceman Tim Southee will lead the team in Williamson’s absence, with the batsman hoping to return for a two-Test series in late November.
Coach Gary Stead said it was the same injury that affected Williamson during the Test series against Bangladesh in March.
Stead said fast bowler Lockie Ferguson would play the first three fixtures of the five-match series then be replaced by Trent Boult.
The series begins on Friday, November 1, in Christchurch.
The squad: Tim Southee (Capt.), Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Scott Kuggeleijn, Daryl Mitchell, Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert, Ish Sodhi, Ross Taylor and Blair Tickner.