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Kane Williamson in line to return for Indore Test

Kane Williamson in line to return for Indore Test
Kane Williamson will bolster the New Zealand batting line up for Indore Test.
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New Zealand captain Kane Williamson, who missed the second Test in Kolkata due to illness, is in line to return for the final game of the three-match series in Indore.

New Zealand bowling coach Shane Jurgensen confirmed that Williamson underwent some training on Thursday and the results were looking positive for his return.

“It’s looking positive,” Jurgensen said at a press conference.

“Final confirmation on that will probably be on Friday.

“We trained on Thursday and he did some batting and had a decent hit and a run-around.

“We will have another look at him tomorrow but it looks positive.”

In the absence of Williamson, Ross Taylor led New Zealand in the second Test which the visitors lost by 178 runs and are currently 2-0 down in the three-match series.

Meanwhile, all-rounder James Neesham, who missed the first two games after suffering a rib injury, is also likely to recover in time for the third Test.

Jurgensen added that Neesham was able to send down a five or six over spell in training without any problem.

“His ribs have settled down nicely.

“He has got through quite a few overs in the last week and had an extra bowl the day after the game and another bowl today.

“He got through five or six overs with no problem.”

The third Test match between India and New Zealand will be played at Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore, which will host the longer format of the game for the first time.

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