- England are in Wellington to play New Zealand in T20 Tri-Series on Tuesday
- New Zealand captain Kane Williamson is a doubt after suffering ‘back niggle’
- Batsman Henry Nicholls has been called into the squad as a precaution
- England are in desperate need of victory following two losses to Australia
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson has emerged as an injury doubt for Tuesday’s Twenty20 against England in Wellington.
Williamson revealed at his pre-match press conference that he was feeling soreness in his back, with batsman Henry Nicholls called up as a precaution.
‘I’ve got a few niggles, a little bit of niggling in my back… Henry is in as cover for those reasons,’ he said.
New Zealand could be without captain Kane Williamson for their T20 match with England
February 3 Australia beat New Zealand by seven wickets (DLS method)
7 Australia beat England by five wickets
10 Australia beat England by seven wickets, Melbourne
13 New Zealand vs England, Wellington
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18 New Zealand vs England, Hamilton
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‘I’m looking forward to taking a full part in training and hope I should be fit for tomorrow.’
Williamson’s opposite number, England skipper Eoin Morgan, has question marks over his involvement after missing the previous match against Australia.
Morgan injured his groin during training at the MCG and then joined his team on a frustrating travel day across the Tasman Sea, with a five-hour delay in Melbourne airport followed by three-and-a-half hours in the air.
He will be assessed by medical staff before any decision is made.
‘Morgs is a big player for them, the leader of the group, but at the same time they’ll be backing their depth,’ said Williamson.
Williamson has been struggling with a ‘back niggle’ with Henry Nicholls called up as cover
‘They have lots of exciting, talented players and with Jos (Buttler) stepping up (from vice-captain) they be backing themselves.’
Only one of New Zealand or England can join Australia in the final of the tri-series, with Australia winning the curtain-raiser against the Black Caps followed by back-to-back games against Morgan’s men.
‘It’s a big opportunity for us and for England,’ he said.
‘We want to get on the board in the tri-series and it’s very important we play good cricket.
‘We know England are a dangerous side; Australia have got off to a great start and come up with the wins but that doesn’t make England any less dangerous.’
England captain Eoin Morgan faces his own fitness race after injuring his groin