Kane Williamson needs to undergo a fitness test in order to play the match © Getty Images (File Photo)
Kane Williamson needs to undergo a fitness test in order to play the match © Getty Images (File Photo)

Wellington: New Zealand‘s Kane Williamson, who recently became the world number one Test batsman, is in doubt to play the first ODI of the five-match series against Sri Lanka. The 25-year-old, who has been troubled by niggling knee injury, needs to undergo a fitness test in order to play the match. Confirming the news, batting coach Craig McMillan said that they were monitoring the player and the decision would be taken based on his situation on the Boxing Day, Stuff.co.nz reported. He further revealed that Test opener Tom Latham would be called in as a cover in case Williamson misses the match. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: New Zealand vs Sri Lanka 2015-16, 1st ODI at Christchurch

Earlier, Williamson capped off a remarkable year by remaining unbeaten on 108, his 13th century, during his side’s five-wicket win in the second Test match against Sri Lanka. New Zealand will play a five-match ODI series against Lanka, starting from Saturday at Hagley Oval. Henry Nicholls likely to make debut against Sri Lanka

Earlier, New Zealand spin great Daniel Vettori has tipped Kane Williamson to succeed retiring Brendon McCullum in all three formats of the game, insisting that the star batsman would take his country’s cricket to great heights.Williamson was named as the skipper of his national side for next year’s World T20 in India after McCullum decided to call curtains on his glorious career following the conclusion of the two-Test series against Australia in February. Williamson, who recently became the number one Test batsman, is considered as the front-runner to take on the leadership role in all three forms of the game and Vettori opined that the 25-year-old is fully prepared to take on the mantle of captaincy. New Zealand vs Sri Lanka 2015-16, 1st ODI at Christchurch, Preview