Illness strikes NZ cricketers - again

Daniel Gilhooly

New Zealand's cricketing summer of ailments has continued, with three more bowlers laid low by illness and captain Kane Williamson still to prove his fitness ahead of the final one-day international against India.

The sickness and fitness problems that emerged during the 3-0 Test series loss in Australia haven't eased up for the Black Caps, who are under the pump ahead of the Test series against the Indians starting next week.

Williamson missed the first two ODIs with a shoulder problem. It was hoped he would return for the third match in Mount Maunganui on Tuesday but a NZ Cricket statement said he is still being assessed.

However, Tim Southee and Mitchell Santner (both gastro illness) and Scott Kuggeleijn (viral infection) are all in serious doubt.

Southee played with the illness during New Zealand's win in the second ODI in Auckland, which handed them an unassailable 2-0 lead.

It is the second time in two months Santner has been lowered by sickness.

He was among three players who suffered flu-like symptoms on the eve of the third Test against Australia in Sydney, with the tourists eventually announcing five changes in a chaotic buildup.

Northern Districts leg-spinner Ish Sodhi and Central Stags pace bowler Blair Tickner have been called into the Kiwi squad for the last ODI.

Quicks Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson and Matt Henry have missed the entire T20 and ODI series against India with injuries.