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NZ forced to make Williamson replacement switch due to injury


 Central Districts’ batter Josh Clarkson was pulled out of the New Zealand squad for the third T20I against Pakistan due to a shoulder injury.

The batter, uncapped at T20I level, was originally slated to replace New Zealand captain Kane Williamson for the third T20I.

Williamson will miss the third T20I of the series to manage the knee issue that has affected him for most of the last 12 months, before returning for the final two games.

Now in Clarkson’s stead, Will Young has been added to the Black Caps’ squad. Young is a regular in the New Zealand ODI setup, and featured in last year’s ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023. He has played 14 T20Is, with 260 runs at an average of 20, an ICC report said.

A smooth 70 off 80 from Will Young helped New Zealand consolidate their position in their ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 encounter against Netherlands.

Squad: Kane Williamson (c) (matches 1, 2, 4 and 5), Finn Allen, Mark Chapman, Will Young (match 3 only), Devon Conway (wk), Lockie Ferguson (matches 3, 4 and 5), Matt Henry, Adam Milne, Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Ben Sears (matches 1 and 2), Tim Seifert (wk), Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee.

Mitchell Santner is expected to skipper New Zealand in Williamson’s absence.

The Kiwis marched to a vehement 46-run win in the opening game of the series in Auckland. Tim Southee created history in the game by becoming the first player to reach 150 T20I wickets.

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