Martin Guptill ruled out for T20I series vs India with back injury

first_imgMartin Guptill ruled out for T20I series vs India with back injuryIndia vs New Zealand: Martin Guptill, who injured his back ahead of the fifth and final ODI, has failed to recover in time for the T20I series, starting Wednesday.advertisement Press Trust of India WellingtonFebruary 4, 2019UPDATED: February 4, 2019 11:28 IST India vs New Zealand: Martin Guptill also missed the fifth and final ODI vs India with the lower back injury. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMartin Guptill has been replaced by James Neesham in the T20I squadIndia and New Zealand will play a 3-match T20I series from WednesdayRohit Sharma will be leading India as Virat Kohli has been restedSenior New Zealand opener Martin Guptill has been ruled out of the New Zealand for the upcoming three-match T20 series against India after failing to recover from back injury.Guptill will be replaced by all-rounder Jimmy Neesham, who also featured in the final two ODIs against India in the recently concluded five-match series.”Unfortunately Martin hasn’t recovered in time for this Twenty20 series which is very condensed with three games over five days,” New Zealand coach Gary Stead was quoted as saying by stuff.co.nz.”It’s a shame as he’s obviously a big part of our white-ball sides, but we’ve got to look at the big picture and ensure he gets the injury right.”Guptill sustained injury prior to the final ODI against India and now will be eyeing a return against Bangladesh in a series starting next week.The three-match T20 series against India starts on February 6 at Wellington, followed by second match at Auckland’s Eden Park on February 8 and the final game at Hamilton on February 10.The New Zealand squad also includes rookie all-rounder Daryl Mitchell, who is the son of former All Blacks coach John Mitchell.New Zealand squad: Kane Williamson (capt), Doug Bracewell, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Scott Kuggeleijn, Daryl Mitchell, Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor.Also Read | Kane Williamson gracious in defeat: India a world-class side, deserve series winAlso Read | How’s the Josh? Team India asks after historic 4-1 series win over New ZealandadvertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPTI Tags :Follow Martin GuptillFollow Kane WilliamsonFollow India vs New ZealandFollow India vs New Zealand T20I serieslast_img read more

MONUC deploys into east DR of Congo where Ugandanbased soldiers briefly seen

MONUC said it completed the deployment of 144 troops from the Ituri Brigade yesterday in Aba, near the Sudanese and Ugandan borders and 100 kilometres north of Ituri District’s Aru, the site of massive militia disarmament operations earlier this year.MONUC chief William Lacy Swing said in October that between 100 and 400 fighters from the Ugandan rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) had entered the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) from their base in Sudan and were in Aba, in the northeast Haut Uele district of Orientale Province, near the Sudanese and Ugandan borders.The UN said “some Ugandan-based soldiers” briefly crossed into Congolese territory on 19 October.It added today that no LRA members have so far been spotted in the area. read more