Black Caps' Williamson still not 100 per cent

MATT RICHENS
Last updated 16:20 01/12/2013
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Kane Williamson will not be 100 per cent for Tuesday's first test and the young batsmen said today he was still a "day by day" prospect.

Selection boss Bruce Edgar on Friday rated Williamson a 95 per cent chance to play against the West Indies at Dunedin's University Oval, but the man himself seemed less sure today.

"It comes down to the medical staff and myself talking. That's what we need to discuss [the risk] because it won't be 100 per cent and the way it can be managed still needs to be discussed depending on the recovery in the next few days."

Holding the bat is fine for Williamson, who if cleared fit will bat number three, and the healing thumb is on his non-bowling hand.

He said general batting did not hurt the dodgy digit and he would not be taking any painkillers, but was keen to get back on the park for what would be his 28th test.

"You want to be playing, don't you, a test for your country. It's always a great place to play."

He also expected the thumb to be targeted by West Indies quicks, but wasn't worried.

"I've never had an injury where I've been out and missed cricket matches so it's a bit of a change. I've enjoyed a few days off but it didn't last long before I was itching to come back."

Should Williamson play he will not field in his usual gully position and during a Black Caps' training today, a number of players were tried there including Brendon McCullum and Tim Southee.

Aaron Redmond will come into the side if Williamson can not play.

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