Tim Southee Named New Zealand Captain For Three-Match T20I Series Against Sri Lanka, Kane Williamson Rested For The Series
Tim Southee (Photo Credits: Getty Images)

Wellington, August 20: Right-arm pacer Tim Southee will captain New Zealand in a three-match T20I series against Sri Lanka starting September 1 in Kandy. Regular skipper Kane Williamson and paceman Trent Boult will be returning home for a pre-planned rest following the current Test series, which Sri Lanka are currently leading 1-0. The 14-man squad features three specialist spinners in Ish Sodhi, Mitchell Santner and Todd Astle. Sri Lanka vs New Zealand 1st Test: Openers Dimuth Karunaratne and Lahiru Thirimanne Put SL in Strong Position.

"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," said selector Gavin Larsen."The series in Sri Lanka will be a challenging one against a team who are tough to beat in their own conditions." New Zealand Spinner Ajaz Patel Fifers Rattle up Sri Lankan Batting Line Up During SL vs NZ 1st Test Match, 2019.

He also said the series represented the start of a new T20 cycle, with nine T20Is series scheduled for the side ahead of next October's World T20 in Australia."Following that amazing ride in the ODI World Cup, it's exciting to begin setting our sights on another world event," Larsen said."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."

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