Williamson to captain New Zealand in T20s vs Sri Lanka

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Kane Williamson will captain New Zealand in its two-match Twenty20 series against Sri Lanka next month, taking over from Brendon McCullum who is not available for the later World Twenty20.

Allrounder Corey Anderson returns after missing the recent test series in Australia and test and one-day series against Sri Lanka because of a back injury.

Coach Mike Hesson said the selectors are pleased with Anderson's recovery, and the fact he has played domestic limited-overs matches for Northern Districts.

Grant Elliott also joins the T20 squad after being sidelined with a broken arm.

Hesson said the matches against Sri Lanka would be a key part of New Zealand's preparation for the World Twenty20 in March in India.