West Indies in New Zealand 2013-14 November 28, 2013

Williamson likely to play first Test

ESPNcricinfo staff

New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson has been included in the Test squad for the home series against West Indies and is likely to play the first match in Dunedin beginning on December 3, pending a final fitness clearance. Williamson had returned home mid-way through the tour of Bangladesh after breaking his thumb, and also missed the limited-overs series in Sri Lanka.

"Kane has been in the nets batting and bowling and getting his intensity levels up," general manager national selection, Bruce Edgar, said. "We're confident he should be right come Tuesday."

The 13-man squad also included fast bowler Tim Southee, who had ankle surgery in July. Southee played the limited-overs games in Bangladesh, and took match figures of 6 for 79 in his most recent Plunket Shield match for Northern Districts. Allrounder Corey Anderson was also in the squad despite suffering a rib injury in Sri Lanka.

Otago batsman Aaron Redmond also made a comeback as injury cover for Williamson. Redmond last played a Test in 2008, but has been in good form of late. "Aaron has made a good start to the Plunket Shield to date, and on top of the 67 he scored yesterday for the New Zealand XI we felt he was the best top-order batting cover," Edgar said.

Redmond was preferred ahead of Dean Brownlie, who was dropped on the tour of Bangladesh, and Tom Latham. Brownlie had been a fixture in the middle order this year, but five lean Tests against England - where his highest score - 36 cost him his position last month and his start to the domestic season has not been enough to earn a recall.

Squad: Brendon McCullum (capt), Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Peter Fulton, Aaron Redmond, Hamish Rutherford, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling, Kane Williamson

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  • ashley on December 1, 2013, 12:31 GMT

    Everyone's forgotten Dean Brownlie - someone who not even a year ago got a test hundred against the no1 ranked test nation ...heard of South Africa...?

  • David on November 30, 2013, 3:16 GMT

    @sevugapandian What is your obsession with allrounders? We already have (in my view) far too many "bits and pieces" players, especially in our one day set up. What NZ needs - in fact what all sides need - are batsmen who can make runs, bowlers who can take wickets, and keepers who can, well, catch.

    Kane Williamson is an exceptionally talented batsman who is now starting to make good on his early promise. He also provides a solid back-up spin option for the ball, and is a very good fielder, so if you must look for "allround" options, look no further my friend.

  • abuzar on November 29, 2013, 13:06 GMT

    nz will win 3-0 in sha allah

  • Umar on November 29, 2013, 7:53 GMT

    Certainly a good news for NZ. Williamson has played some good innings for them in tests.

  • Android on November 29, 2013, 7:21 GMT

    @sevugapundian I don't think you follow test cricket at all. You might just have seen his average and might have come to conclusion. I would like to tell you, Kane is the 2nd best test player for NZ behind rosco and the best vs spin.

  • Dummy4 on November 29, 2013, 7:12 GMT

    no aaron redmond was playing for the selection team aswell as jeet raval, tim johnston, ill tugaga, sam wells and robert o donnell who is yet to play a first class match

  • ISNE on November 29, 2013, 6:42 GMT

    I think Williamson is not suitable for test format, kiwis can bring other young all rounder, to develop them in future.

  • Android on November 29, 2013, 5:25 GMT

    Seriously !!! Aaron Redmond @ 32, so how long he is going to serve NZ cricket ? rubbish selection.... Unless NZC infuse youngsters, it will maintain its bottom ranking !!! Where is Gupty ?

  • Beau on November 29, 2013, 5:01 GMT

    Great news! in light of Narine's inclusion, NZ will need KW more than ever.

    I agree that Bracewell only plays if one of the other bowlers can't. If Anderson isn't fit, I'd think Redmond might even beat Bracewell into the side.

    With Vettori still out, Sodhi must play. While they're not exactly the house of cards we are against spin, I think the Windies would be happier facing four seamers. A promising start in Bangladesh should have him pretty confident, too.

    Should be a good tussle. Last time these teams played, NZ dropped what seemed like dozens of catches and batted abominably, but the bowlers kept them within sniffing distance for most of the series anyway. This time around, with NZ at home and arguably the more settled side, a reverse might just be on the cards.