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Williamson Out Of Opening Test

Kane Williamson
Kane Williamson (right) misses the first Test in Dunedin due to his fractured thumb
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New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson has failed to recover from a fractured thumb in time for the first Test against the West Indies in Dunedin, which starts tonight (3rd December).

His absence means that Aaron Redmond will play his first Test since 2008 having been drafted in specifically to cover Williamson.

Williamson, who has played 27 Tests since making his debut against India in 2010, fractured the thumb during the first One-Day International in Bangladesh last month, but has not quite been able to make a full recovery in time for the first of three Tests.

New Zealand, who have seen a number of players suffer injuries this year already, are confident that the talented right-hander will be fully fit in time to play in the second and third Tests in Wellington and Hamilton respectively.

The Blacks Caps are expected to hand home debuts to Corey Anderson and Ish Sodhi with one of the quick bowlers - Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Tim Southee and Neil Wagner - missing the final cut.

New Zealand (probable): Hamish Rutherford, Aaron Redmond, Peter Fulton, Ross Taylor, Brendon McCullum (captain), BJ Watling (wicket-keeper), Corey Anderson, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Trent Boult/Doug Bracewell, Neil Wagner

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