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New Zealand's Injured Parties Make Progress

Martin Guptill, Stuart Broad
Martin Guptill (left) made his return to first-class cricket following ankle surgery and a fractured finger
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New Zealand Cricket (NZC) have issued an update on the progress five of their players are making after suffering injuries.

Martin Guptill, Brendon McCullum, Ross Taylor, Tim Southee and Kane Williamson have all missed recent matches, and in the case of Guptill, tours with injuries.

Guptill has made a return to playing action with his domestic side but the others are still awaiting the go-ahead to get back on to the pitch.

Batsman Guptill made 62 for Auckland in his first game since undergoing surgery on his ankle and being sidelined with a fractured finger, before retiring hurt as a precaution due to a tight hamstring.

Ross Taylor, like McCullum was due to return home to New Zealand and rest ahead of the West Indies Tests but he has aggravated a minor knee injury and will undergo rehabilitation for the problem with is patella tendon.

NZC are hopeful he will be back in action before the end of the month.

McCullum was ruled out of the final two matches in Bangladesh with back problems but he has got through light training and is on target to play for a New Zealand XI against the touring West Indians on 27th November.

Southee underwent ankle surgery in July and is poised to make his return to first-class cricket on 26th November.

Williamson, who fractured a thumb during the first One-Day International against Bangladesh, can now move his thumb but will continue to see a specialist and as yet no return date for him has been set.

New Zealand continue their tour of Sri Lanka with the third ODI in Dambulla tomorrow (16th November) and then host the West Indies for three Tests, five ODIs and two Twenty20 Internationals in December and January.

Their Test squad will be named on 25th November.

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