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Williamson set to return after broken thumb

— 1 December 2013

Yorkshire’s overseas player Kane Williamson has been included in New Zealand’s Test squad for the home series against West Indies and is likely to play the first match in Dunedin beginning on December 3. The top-order batsman has been out of action since breaking his thumb mid-way through the tour of Bangladesh back in October, which forced him out of the limited-overs series in Sri Lanka.

"Holding the bat is okay. If you get a knock on it that won't be very nice, obviously, but we'll see how we go in the next day or two." - Kane Williamson

“Kane has been in the nets batting and bowling and getting his intensity levels up,” said New Zealand Cricket National Selector, Bruce Edgar. “We’re confident he should be right come Tuesday.”

Williamson, who is currently wearing a cast on the thumb he broke in Bangladesh, admitted he won’t be 100% for the match and he may yet be ruled out if it is deemed too risky but he is desperate to play although he won’t field in his usual gully position.

“They enjoy bowling short stuff so they’ll probably bowl a few but you are just out there playing the game,” said Williamson said.

“Holding the bat is okay. If you get a knock on it that won’t be very nice, obviously, but we’ll see how we go in the next day or two.”

Williamson, who joined Yorkshire in August last year, played five Championship matches in 2013 amassing 403 runs at an average of just over 50. The 23-year-old will join up with his county teammates as soon as his international commitments have been completed with New Zealand. He will play for Yorkshire in all forms of the game including the newly-named NatWest T20 Bash.

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