Martin Guptill out of India T20Is, Jimmy Neesham added
Martin Guptill missed the final ODI against India with injury. © AFP

Martin Guptill has been ruled out of the upcoming Twenty20 international series against India, after failing to recover from a back injury.

The New Zealand opener underwent a fitness test in Wellington on Monday where he continued to feel pain in his lower back.

Gary Stead, the Blackcaps coach, confirmed Guptill would return to Auckland to rest, with an eye to returning for next week’s ODI series against Bangladesh.

Guptill will be replaced in the T20I squad by Jimmy Neesham. (READ MORE: Martin Guptill ruled out fifth ODI with back injury)

“Unfortunately Martin hasn’t recovered in time for this T20 series – which is very condensed with three games over five days,” said Stead. “It’s a shame as he’s obviously a big part of our white-ball sides, but we’ve got to look at the big picture and ensure he gets the injury right. It’s great to have Jimmy coming into the side after some encouraging ODI performances.

“It promises to be an exciting series.” (WATCH: MS Dhoni’s street-smart brilliance dupes Jimmy Neesham)

New Zealand open the three-match T20I series with India at Wellington’s Westpac Stadium on Wednesday, following the New Zealand Women vs India Women match on the same pitch during the afternoon.