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Neesham ruled out of one-off T20I against Sri Lanka


SRI LANKA TOUR OF NEW ZEALAND 2018-19

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James Neesham scored 123 runs in 3 ODIs at a strike rate of 219.64 and picked up 6 wickets © Getty

James Neesham has been ruled out of the one-off T20I against Sri Lanka due to a hamstring strain, it was confirmed on Tuesday (January 8). The all-rounder picked up the injury in the final ODI of the three-match series as New Zealand sealed it 3-0. Doug Bracewell will replace Neeshan with Tim Southee leading the side.

Neesham, who returned to the ODI squad after a long lay-off, scored 123 runs in the three games at a strike rate of 219.64 and picked up six wickets at an average of 20. “He’s iced and compressed the injury and will be reassessed in a couple of days,” New Zealand’s physio Vijay Vallabh said.

The aim will now be to have Neesham fit for the limited-overs series against India. The visitors will be in New Zealand for five ODIs with the first match on January 23. The final of the three-match T20I series will be on February 10 to cap off a short tour.

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