Yorkshire’s overseas star Kane Williamson has been ruled out of the opening Test against West Indies, in Dunedin starting later this week.
Over weekend, New Zealand selectors had intimated that Williamson would have recovered sufficiently from the broken thumb he sustained in Bangladesh – Bruce Edgar, the national selector, said he was at 95% last week – but it has been decided not to risk the top-order batsman so early in the New Zealand summer
Williamson batted in the nets on Monday and complained that is thumb was causing him a problem. It got progressively worst after a fielding drill.
“It was pretty close, it was a tough decision, but in the end it was just a touch too early for Kane,” said captain Brendon McCullum.
“He batted yesterday in the nets and didn’t feel a great deal of discomfort , but with then doing some fielding then going back into the nets it stiffened up. He probably could have played, but in the grand scheme of the season we have in front of us and how valuable he is to us we saw it as a safer option by allowing him to miss this one and give him another week to recover.”