Southee to lead Black Caps against Sri Lanka in Kane’s absence

Tim Southee will skipper the Black Caps’ Twenty20 team in next month’s three-game series against Sri Lanka.

With regular captain Kane Williamson and bowler Trent Boult returning home for pre-planned rest following the current test series, Black Caps selectors have opted for a mix of experience and emerging talent.

“Following that amazing ride in the ODI World Cup, it’s exciting to begin setting our sights on another world event,” selector Gavin Larsen said.

“The series in Sri Lanka will be a challenging one against a team who are tough to beat in their own conditions.

“Our T20 team has been pretty consistent over the past couple of years and we’re really happy with the power and versatility we have in this squad.

“Kane and Trent played an enormous role in our recent World Cup campaign and with a big summer ahead, we see it as a good opportunity to give them a rest.”

Southee, Ross Taylor, Colin Munro, Martin Guptill and Ish Sodhi represent the experienced core of the side with a combined 307 T20 International matches between them.

Sodhi, Mitchell Santner and Todd Astle are the three specialist spin options for the three-game series that starts in Kandy on September 1.

Tim Seifert has been selected as the wicket keeper.

Black Caps squad: Tim Southee (c), Todd Astle, Tom Bruce, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Scott Kuggeleijn, Daryl Mitchell, Colin Munro, Seth Rance, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert, Ish Sodhi, Ross Taylor.



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