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BLACKCAPS injury update

BLACKCAPS captain Brendon McCullum is back doing some light training this week after a back injury ruled him out of the last two matches of the Bangladesh tour. McCullum is on track to play for the New Zealand XI against a West Indies XI starting on 27 November at Lincoln.

Batsman Kane Williamson now has movement in his left thumb after he fractured it last month during the tour to Bangladesh.  The 23-year-old will have an update on when he can return to cricket when he sees his specialist again next week.

Since returning from Bangladesh, Ross Taylor has aggravated a niggly knee injury and will undergo a rehabilitation programme over the next week or so. New Zealand Cricket’s medical team says Taylor has a problem with his patella tendon but they hope he will be available to play in the Plunket Shield match for the Central Stags starting on 26 November.

Fast bowler Tim Southee, who had ankle surgery in July, is training with the Northern Knights after his return from Bangladesh. He is expected to make his First Class return in the match against the Central Stags on 26 November.

Batsman Martin Guptill returned to First Class cricket on Tuesday after surgery on his right ankle and a fractured finger. Yesterday he made 62 for the Auckland Aces before retiring hurt (precautionary only) with a tight hamstring in their match against the Canterbury Wizards at Eden Park no.2. This was his first game back after surgery in September.

The Test squad for the ANZ International Series against the West Indies will be named on Monday 25 November. Tickets for the Tests went on sale this week atwww.ticketek.co.nz and www.blackcaps.co.nz/priorityticketing.

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