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New Zealand captain Williamson to miss World Cup opener against England

HYDERABAD: New Zealand captain Kane Williamson will miss his country’s 50-over World Cup opener against England on 5 October as he continues his recovery from a knee injury.

The Black Caps’ one-day international and T20 captain, 33, has not played since tearing cruciate ligaments at the Indian Premier League in April.

New Zealand cricket said Williamson played in the warm-up game against Pakistan on Friday.

He will then look to bat and field in a final warm-up against South Africa.

“Right from the start we’ve taken a long-term view on Kane’s return to play,” said New Zealand coach Gary Stead.

“His recovery is tracking well and it’s now a matter of making sure he can cope with the rigours and intensity of international cricket.

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