Blackcaps v India: Kane Williamson ruled out of start of one-day series

The Blackcaps have been dealt a significant blow for their upcoming one-day series against India, with captain Kane Williamson ruled out for the first two games.

Williamson has an inflamed shoulder joint, which he suffered while fielding in the third T20 in Hamilton last week and prevented him playing in the final two fixtures.

While he hopes to return for the final ODI next Tuesday, the Blackcaps medical staff are taking a cautious approach to his recovery.

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

"He will continue his fitness training sessions throughout the week and will start batting again on Friday, with the prospect of being available for game three."

In-form Auckland Aces batsman Mark Chapman has been called into the squad as cover.

The 25-year-old is fresh off two big scores against India 'A' last week, blasting an unbeaten 110 in their limited overs match, followed by 114 in their three-day game.

"It's disappointing for Kane," said selector Gavin Larsen. "But with so much important cricket still ahead this summer, we must take a safety-first approach.

"It’s great to welcome Mark back into the one-day unit off the back of consecutive centuries for New Zealand 'A' against a strong India 'A' side.

"Mark’s a versatile player, who can cover multiple batting positions, and his fielding is a real upshot to have in the squad."

Opening batsman Tom Latham will take up the captaincy duties in Williamson's absence.

The Blackcaps will also be without premier paceman Trent Boult - who's still working his way back from a broken right hand. 

He's expected to be available for the test series, which starts in Wellington on February 21, as are fellow bowlers Matt Henry and Lockie Ferguson.

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