New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson has been ruled out of his side’s upcoming ODI series against Bangladesh due to an elbow injury.
Williamson played all five matches in the recent T20I series against Australia but didn’t set the world on fire and battled the issue throughout.
The Black Caps captain managed one half-century for the series, totaling scores of 82 runs from five knocks to average 16.4 for New Zealand who won the series 3-2.
The upcoming series starts in Dunedin on March 20 with the hosts to name their squad this week, but coach Gary Stead confirmed Williamson’s absence early.
“Kane loves playing for his country - so it hasn’t been an easy decision to step back,” Stead said.
“A batsman’s front elbow is crucial to his game and with the injury not improving it was clear something needed to be done.
“You’ve probably got to think the amount of time he’s been batting this year has actually brought on these symptoms, a bit of an overuse injury.
“We’ve got a huge year of cricket ahead with an England Test tour and ICC World Test Championship Final first up in May and June, and we want to make sure we have Kane fit and firing for that.
“We will certainly miss his class and leadership in the upcoming Bangladesh series, but his omission will no doubt present an opportunity for someone else when the ODI squad is named.”
The batsman is expected to be fit in 10-12 days with the injury being a small tear in his left elbow tendon.