Watling out for three weeks with knee injury

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New Zealand wicketkeeper BJ Watling is set to be sidelined for three weeks with a sprained right knee.

Watling, 31, will miss the one-day international series against Australia starting Monday.

While a three-week absence would make him available to take on South Africa in limited-overs matches, the Black Caps said they expected him to be available for the Test series.

Watling is hoping to play in a Plunket Shield match starting February 25.

The first Test against South Africa starts in Dunedin on March 8.