Kane Williamson in doubt for tomorrow's Black Caps T20 match against England

Kane Williamson back injury New Zealand England T20 tri-series cricket

Kane Williamson “I’ve got a bit of a back niggle and hopefully it’s settled by tomorrow”

With three games left in the tri-series, co-hosts Australia are already into the final having beaten England twice and New Zealand once. Ben Stokes, the talismanic allrounder, had originally been pencilled in to make his worldwide comeback in this game, but a court hearing back in England on charges of affray following an incident outside a Bristol nightclub in September has forced those plans to be put on hold. Obviously England and Australia have played two in a row which means we didn't have a game to play.

"We've underperformed as a team and because of that we've got a bee in our bonnet", Roy said.

England captain Eoin Morgan is a doubt for Tuesday's Twenty20 tri-series match against New Zealand in Wellington because of a groin injury. "His ability to hit the ball in all areas makes him a real threat and we've seen in the domestic competition some of the power he possesses". In the past we've played a lot smarter cricket.

Jos Buttler is again set to stand in as skipper, with batsman James Vince keeping his place in the XI. "It's been hugely frustrating because of the line-up we've got", Roy mentioned. It's out of our hands and has been for the last few months.

"It would be great to have him here but who knows what will happen".

The decision about Williamson is likely to be taken on the morning of the match. He's been missed the whole Ashes, the one-day series, the T20s - he's a star player and extremely important to us. "It will be good to have him back, hopefully".

"I've underperformed in quite a few of my last T20 games which has been hugely frustrating", Roy said. "I just need to play stronger shots". Kane Williamson, the captain, felt some discomfort in his back while training on the eve of the match, which led to some speculations over his participation on Tuesday. The Black Caps have called up left-hander Henry Nicholls as back-up for Williamson.

Williamson gave an update about his injury to the reporters ahead of the clash, "I am looking forward to taking a full part in training and hoping I should be fit for tomorrow night but Henry is in as cover".

"100ish... just got a few niggles, a bit of a back niggling so hopefully it's settled by tomorrow night", said Williamson.

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