Kane Williamson an outside chance for first test

IAN ANDERSON
Last updated 05:00 27/11/2013
Kane Williamson
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INJURY CLOUD: Kane Williamson is in a race against time to be fit for the first test against the West Indies.

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He's in a race against time, but Kane Williamson hasn't yet ruled himself out of being part of the Black Caps for the first test against the West Indies.

Williamson broke the thumb on his left hand while fielding during the first one-day international against Bangladesh in Dhaka on October 31.

That appeared likely to cause his absence from the New Zealand side for the opening test of the three-match series against the visitors starting in Dunedin on Tuesday.

However, Williamson said yesterday he was still giving himself an outside chance of being fit, with the squad due to be named on Friday.

The 23-year-old had a net session in Hamilton today and expressed himself pleased with the progress, but felt fielding may be a problem.

"They said six weeks for it to fully heal, and it's been three and a half, so it is probably a bit early," he said of the still-bandaged thumb.

"But we'll see how it goes this week."

Williamson has been in regular contact with New Zealand Cricket's general manager national selection, Bruce Edgar, over his progress.

Should he be selected, Williamson would go into the test without any match practice, which he admitted wasn't ideal "but that's just the way it may work out".

Another option would be to trial the injury in the Plunket Shield four-day match for the Northern Knights against the Otago Volts in Whangarei starting next Wednesday. If he came through that unscathed, he would then be set to return to the national team for the second test against the Windies in Wellington from December 11-15.

Martin Guptill, recently returned from surgery on his right ankle and a fractured finger, and Dean Brownlie appear set to contest the No 3 spot in the New Zealand batting lineup should Williamson be unavailable.

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