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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Fixtures & Results

3rd-7th December: 1st Test, Dunedin
NZL 609-9 dec. & 79-4 drew with WIN 213 & 507
11th-15th December: 2nd Test, Wellington
NZL 441 beat WIN 193 & 175 by an inns. & 73 runs
19th-23rd December: 3rd Test, Hamilton
NZL 349 & 124-2 beat WIN 367 & 104 by 8 wickets
26th December: 1st ODI, Auckland
WIN beat NZL by 2 wickets
29th December: 2nd ODI, Napier
Match abandoned - rain
1st January: 3rd ODI, Queenstown
NZL 283-4 beat WIN 124-5 by 159 runs
4th January: 4th ODI, Nelson
NZL 285-6 beat WIN 134-5 by 59 runs (D/L)
8th January: 5th ODI, Hamilton
WIN 363-4 beat NZL 160 by 203 runs
11th January: 1st T20I, Auckland
NZL 189-5 beat WIN 108-8 by 81 runs
15th January: 2nd T20I, Wellington
NZL 163-6 beat WIN 159-5 by 4 wickets