McCullum ‘unlikely’ for third ODI against Sri Lanka

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 07:35 GMT, Dec 31, 2015 |

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum is “unlikely” to play in the third one-day match against Sri Lanka on Thursday ( Dec.31) as he recovers from a back injury, coach Mike Hesson has said.

McCullum, who has long battled a bad back, damaged a disc diving for a ball on the boundary during the second match in Christchurch on Monday which the hosts won comfortably to take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.

New Zealand will also play Sri Lanka in Twenty20 matches on January 7 in Mt Maunganui and Auckland on January 10 as part of their preparations for the World T20 in India.

All-rounder Corey Anderson has been named in the T20 squad captained by Williamson and is set to make his return from a prolonged back injury which has kept him sidelined since the tour of England in May.

Anderson will only bat during the series as he eases back into international cricket.