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Mark Chapman replaces injured Kane Williamson, Tom Latham named captain
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Mark Chapman replaces injured Kane Williamson, Tom Latham named captain

Kane Williamson has been ruled out of the opening two ODIs of the three-match series against India after failing to recover from a shoulder injury.

Williamson also did not play New Zealand's final two T20I fixtures, both of which his team lost to India to endure a 0-5 whitewash.

His absence leaves a yawning gap in the Black Caps' batting line-up, which is already shy of confidence as they enter the 50-over contests at the back of series defeats to India and Australia in different formats.

Team physio Vijay Vallabh confirmed Williamson's lingering shoulder niggle was becoming a nuisance, though he is likely to return to the playing XI for the third ODI.

"Kane has had an X-ray scan which cleared him of anything serious, but it's best for his recovery that he avoids aggravating the joint for the next few days," he said.

Left-handed batsman Mark Chapman has been roped into the side in Williamson's place following a remarkable run in the series against India A.

Chapman made an unbeaten century in the fifth one-dayer against the visitors and struck another three-figure score in the first red-ball match against the same opponents.

The former Hong Kong player made his debut for New Zealand in 2018 when he became the tenth cricketer to play ODIs for two international teams.

However, a poor string of scores kept him out of the selection radar but he has managed to stage a comeback for the first two ODIs against India at home.

The selectors have appointed Tom Latham the stand-in skipper with the veteran batter boasting a decent record of five wins from the six games he has led the national side.

Earlier, Tim Southee captained New Zealand in Williamson's absence during the last two T20Is against India.