• Neesham out of SL T20I

    New Zealand will be without all-rounder James Neesham for Friday’s one-off Twenty20 International against Sri Lanka in Auckland.

    Neesham has been sidelined by a hamstring injury sustained during Tuesday’s third ODI in Nelson, where the Black Caps won by 115 runs to complete a three-nil series sweep.

    ‘He’s iced and compressed the injury and will be reassessed in a couple of days,’ said team physiotherapist Vijay Vallabh.

    Neesham has been replaced by seamer Doug Bracewell.

    The 28-year-old Neesham proved effective during the ODIs against the Sri Lankans, striking 47 not out, 63 and 12 not out. He also took six wickets.

    Meanwhile, captain Kane Williamson acknowledged telling contributions from twin centurions Henry Nicholls and Ross Taylor in the third and final ODI.

    Taylor and Nicholls struck 137 and 124 not out respectively as the hosts won the final match by 115 runs. Fast bowler Lockie Ferguson, too, starred en route to four key wickets – and was complemented by leg-spinner Ish Sodhi’s three.

    ‘The improvement seen throughout the series is what I enjoyed most. This performance was a step up from the first two matches from a bowling perspective. We have been under pressure at various points and responded well. It’s been a testing series,’ said Williamson.

    ‘Fantastic tons from Ross and Henry came in and finished it brilliantly. It’s been very good to see guys come out and execute their roles. We need to keep doing that again.’

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