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Williamson is expected to be fully fit for the first Test
New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson has been included in the Test squad for the upcoming home series against the West Indies, which gets underway on December 3 in Dunedin.
Despite sustaining a fractured thumb in the first ODI against Bangladesh last month, Williamson is likely to be fit in time for the start of the three-Test series.
“Kane has been in the nets batting and bowling and getting his intensity levels up,” New Zealand’s selection chief, Bruce Edgar, said. “We’re confident he should be right come Tuesday.”
Pace bowler Tim Southee, who underwent ankle surgery in July has also been included in the 13-man squad, along with batsman Aaron Redmond, whose last Test match for New Zealand came against Australia in November 2008.
“Aaron has made a good start to the Plunket Shield to date, and on top of the 67 he scored yesterday for the New Zealand XI we felt he was the best top order batting cover,” Edgar said.
All-rounder Corey Anderson was also drafted into the squad, despite suffering a rib injury during the recently concluded limited overs tour of Sri Lanka.
New Zealand Test Squad: Brendon McCullum (capt), Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Peter Fulton, Aaron Redmond, Hamish Rutherford, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling, Kane Williamson