Thu, 19 Sep 2019

Cape Town - Tim Southee will captain New Zealand in the absence of Kane Williamson in next month's three-game T20 series in Sri Lanka.

With regular skipper Williamson and paceman Trent Boult returning home for pre-planned rest following the current Test series, the squad features a blend of experience and emerging T20 talent.

Selector Gavin Larsen said the series represented the start of a new T20 cycle, with nine series scheduled for the Black Caps ahead of the T20 World Cup in Australia that starts in October next year.

"Following that amazing ride in the ODI World Cup, it's exciting to begin setting our sights on another world event," Larsen said.

"The series in Sri Lanka will be a challenging one against a team who are tough to beat in their own conditions.

"Our T20 team has been pretty consistent over the past couple of years and we're really happy with the power and versatility we have in this squad.

"Kane and Trent played an enormous role in our recent World Cup campaign and with a big summer ahead, we see it as a good opportunity to give them a rest."

Southee, Ross Taylor, Colin Munro, Martin Guptill and Ish Sodhi represent the experienced core of the side with a combined 307 T20 International matches between them.

Sodhi, Mitchell Santner and Todd Astle are the three specialist spin options for the three-game series that starts in Kandy on September 1.

New Zealand T20I squad:

Tim Southee (captain), Todd Astle, Tom Bruce, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Scott Kuggeleijn, Daryl Mitchell, Colin Munro, Seth Rance, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert (wkt), Ish Sodhi, Ross Taylor

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