Black Caps veteran Ross Taylor has been ruled out of Saturday's third ODI against England in his native Wellington with a thigh issue, but skipper and talisman Kane Williamson will play.

Williamson sat out Wednesday's six-wicket second-ODI loss with a hamstring niggle and was sorely missed as one batsman after another fell cheaply.

The 27-year-old has been declared fit for this weekend's clash, passing a fitness test on Friday, but Taylor couldn't clear up his injury in time.

He'll be reassessed ahead of next week's fourth ODI.

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Black Caps spinner Mitchell Santner told media earlier on Friday that Taylor and Williamson had both seemed likely to play. Mark Chapman remains the squad's sole ring-in.

The team was looking forward to playing again at Westpac Stadium, Santner said, having defeated England on the ground in a T20 match last month.

"We've had some success against them there in the past," Santner said. "It's a good surface.

"You need to bowl well because it's short (boundaries) square of the wicket. "We've been playing good cricket for a while but last match we were outplayed - the way England bowled, they didn't give us much."

ROTORUA DAILY POST | Sport
2 Mar, 2018 10:36am
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