New Zealand wait on Williamson fitness

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The participation of batsman Kane Williamson remained in the balance on Sunday, as New Zealand prepared for the first Test against the West Indies at the University Oval in Dunedin.

The participation of batsman Kane Williamson remained in the balance on Sunday, as New Zealand prepared for the first Test against the West Indies at the University Oval in Dunedin.

Williamson has been named in the squad despite concerns over a thumb injury sustained during last month's series against Bangladesh, which ruled him out of the subsequent tour of Sri Lanka.

"It comes down to the medical staff and myself talking," Wiliamson told <i>stuff.co.nz</i>.

"That's what we need to discuss the risk because it won't be 100 percent and the way it can be managed still needs to be discussed depending on the recovery in the next few days."

The hosts, meanwhile, have recalled batsman Aaron Redmond and fast bowler Tim Southee for the three-Test series.

All-rounder Corey Anderson has also been included despite sustaining a rib injury in Sri Lanka. Leg-spinner Ish Sodhi, too, has been retained.

Southee recently returned to international cricket after undergoing ankle surgery in July, impressing during a string of ODIs against Bangladesh.

Redmond, who has not played Test cricket since 2008, has enjoyed an outstanding stretch of form at domestic level this season.

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