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Reduced workloads for Boult and Southee

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 24/12/2016 Daniel Gilhooly

New Zealand spearheads Trent Boult and Tim Southee will play restricted roles in the limited overs series against Bangladesh to preserve their fitness.

Boult, the world's top-ranked ODI bowler, will be rested from the third and final match of the ODI series in Nelson on December 31. He will also miss the first of three Twenty20 internationals, in Napier on January 3.

Long-time new ball partner Southee will miss all three T20 matches.

Coach Mike Hesson says the workloads are being managed through the early part of an intense home summer which concludes with a Test series against South Africa through March.

"It's always a balancing act with guys that play all three forms, especially the bowlers," Hesson told reporters.

"We'll give them a chance to get their loads up so they're ready to go for the test match."

Hesson is yet to decide if other players will be handed designated rests.

He hasn't ruled that prospect out for Kane Williamson, who has the captaincy in every format.

Williamson was one of the few players not to return to domestic cricket since the 3-0 ODI series loss to Australia.

It means his last game was on December 9, giving him two practice sessions this week to prepare for the opening Bangladesh ODI in Christchurch on Boxing Day.

"It's been nice to be able to give him a break, it's a tough ask playing all three forms of the game and you're captain as well," Hesson said.

"He's certainly fresh and ready to go."

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