New Zealand will be without fast bowler Tim Southee for the T20 series against Pakistan, as his foot injury has not healed in time, despite sitting out of the T20s against Sri Lanka.
Southee picked up the bone bruising in the third ODI against Sri Lanka, and while he was hopeful of a return to face Pakistan, the turn-around time has proven too short, as scans showed the bruising to be more serious.
With the next big series being the ODIs against Australia in February, Black Caps batting coach Craig McMillan said they hoped Southee would be ready for that.
McMillan said on Newstalk ZB: "It's something that will take a wee while to get right. I'm not exactly sure of the time frame – whether it's two to three weeks – as to where he is at.
"The plan in place, fingers crossed, is that hopefully he'll be back for the end of the season – back firing for the Australia series."
The Kiwis are fortunate to have some talented bowlers as back ups, with Matt Henry in impressive form, and Adam Milne doing well against Sri Lanka.
McMillan said: "It's reassuring to have those options. One of the great things from this series against Sri Lanka has been the form of Matt Henry. That shows a confidence to come into the set-up and perform straight away."