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New Zealand call up Mark Chapman with Kane Williamson doubtful for 2nd ODI vs England

New Zealand coach Mike Hesson is hopeful Kane Williamson will overcome a hamstring strain to face England on Wednesday, but the skipper is rated doubtful.

cricket Updated: Feb 27, 2018 18:02 IST
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New Zealand have called up Mark Chapman as cover for Kane Williamson for the 2nd ODI vs England, with the Black Caps skipper doubtful due to injury. (AFP)

New Zealand have called up Mark Chapman as cover for Wednesday’s second one-day international against England, with skipper Kane Williamson doubtful due to a “mild hamstring injury”.

Black Caps coach Mike Hesson is hopeful his captain will be able to feature in Mount Maunganui, as the hosts seek to move 2-0 up in the five-match series.

“If he proves his fitness, then he’ll definitely play –otherwise, you’ll see Mark Chapman come in,”Hesson told reporters on Tuesday.

“He [Williamson] has had a few little niggles over the last few months. This is just a mild hamstring strain, but one [where] he’s obviously got to make sure he’s 100 per cent ready to go.

“It’s a big blow –Kane’s obviously a high-quality player. But we’ve got to have confidence in our squad as well. There’ll be some minor adjustments there, but throughout the year, even when Kane hasn’t played, we’ve been able to put in a performance, so that won’t be an excuse.”

Hesson revealed George Worker would have been brought in as cover ahead of Chapman, had the former not suffered an injury of his own at the weekend.

“George Worker would have come in as a top-three replacement, but unfortunately George stood on a ball in the Ford Trophy final and has an issue with his ankle,” added the New Zealand coach.

First Published: Feb 27, 2018 18:02 IST