Black Caps captain Kane Williamson will miss the T20 series against England because of an injury.

Williamson has withdrawn from the squad with a right hip injury.

Tim Southee will captain the side for the five match series which starts in Christchurch next Friday.

The decision to rest Williamson was made following the opening round of the Plunket Shield yesterday where Williamson turned out for Northern Districts against Canterbury at Hagley Oval.

Black Caps coach Gary Stead spoke with Williamson after the match and they agreed a period of rest was the best way forward.

“We’ve been monitoring the injury for a while now and it’s the same issue that ruled him out of the final Test against Bangladesh back in March,” said Stead.

“It’s disappointing timing for Kane at the start of an exciting summer, but we feel it’s the right decision with a busy season ahead.

“We’re fortunate to have someone experienced like Tim who can comfortably step in and take the reins, as he successfully did on the recent tour of Sri Lanka.”

Having been named in the New Zealand XI side to face England in two T20 warm-ups starting on Sunday, fast-bowler Lockie Ferguson has also been included for the first three games of the series as he returns from a broken thumb.

Ferguson will make way in the final two games for left-armer Trent Boult who is set to play a second round of Plunket Shield four-day cricket next week.

“In working with Trent and looking at the season ahead, we feel another four-day game will provide him with the best preparation for the upcoming Test series against England and Australia,” added Stead.

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