Southee to captain, Santner makes return from injury in Black Caps' T20 squad

Black Caps all-rounder Mitchell Santner will make his international return, included in New Zealand's 13-man squad for next week's Twenty20 clash with Sri Lanka at Eden Park.

Having undergone surgery on a knee injury in March last year, Santner will return to the international fold after a handful of matches for Northern Districts in the Burger King Super Smash to prove his fitness.

Elsewhere, captain Kane Williamson has been given a rest, leaving Tim Southee to take the reigns of the Black Caps, while Trent Boult and Colin de Grandhomme have also been given a rest with Northern Districts' Scott Kuggeliejn given his first Twenty20 International call-up.

Tim Seifert will also continue as wicketkeeper, having made his ODI debut for the Black Caps in yesterday's win in Mount Maunganui.

Adam Milne and Corey Anderson weren't considered for selection due to injuries.

Batting coach Craig McMillan will also take charge of the side, with Gary Stead being given time to prepare for the Black Caps' series with India later this month.

The Black Caps' one-off T20 with Sri Lanka will be played on Friday, January 12.

Black Caps: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Glenn Phillips, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, Jimmy Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert, Tim Southee, Scott Kuggeleijn, Ish Sodhi, Seth Rance, Lockie Ferguson.

New Zealand's Mitchell Santner.  Black Caps v England, second international cricket ODI, Bay Oval, Tauranga, New Zealand. Wednesday, 28 February, 2018. Copyright photo: John Cowpland /
New Zealand's all-rounder Mitchell Santner against England. Source: Photosport

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