McCullum and Williamson unlikely to play first Test against West Indies

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Both McCullum and Williamson have not fully recovered from their injuries

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum and batsman Kane Williamson are unlikely to play in the first Test against the West Indies in Dunedin as they are still recovering from the injuries they sustained during the national team’s recent tour of Bangladesh.

McCullum is currently recovering from a chronic back injury, while Williamson is nursing a fractured thumb he sustained during the first ODI against Bangladesh.

Williamson himself admitted that he “won’t be 100 per cent” be the start of the Test series.

“It comes down to the medical staff and myself talking,” Williamson said. “We need to discuss (the risk) because it won’t be 100 percent, and the way it can be managed still needs to be discussed depending on the recovery in the next few days.”

McCullum also conceded that his back was still giving him problems.

“There’s times where it doesn’t make the game that enjoyable, but overall everyone else has to deal with injuries as well and this is just one that I’m going to have to push through, unfortunately,” he said.

McCullum was also quick to dismiss rumours that he was considering retiring from international cricket.

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