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New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson a doubt for first Test against West Indies

Kane Williamson: Struggling with a thumb problem

New Zealand will give Kane Williamson a late fitness Test ahead of the opening Test against the West Indies in Dunedin.

The batsman is struggling to overcome a thumb injury in time for Tuesday's start, while Aaron Redmond is on standby as the Black Caps look to improve on two disappointing draws in Bangladesh.

"It comes down to the medical staff and myself talking," Wiliamson told www.stuff.co.nz.

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

"One minute, you are in the hot and crazy fan atmosphere of India, and the next day you are in New Zealand, Dunedin, where the breeze can blow you off your feet."

Darren Sammy

Tino Best is expected to lead the West Indies pace attack as Kemar Roach remains sidelined by the shoulder injury he suffered in India.

The Windies were crushed by an innings in both Tests in India, and captain Darren Sammy has challenged his side to rebound in vastly different conditions in New Zealand.

"It's the life of a professional sportsman," Sammy told www.windiescricket.com. "One minute, you are in the hot and crazy fan atmosphere of India, and the next day you are in New Zealand, Dunedin, where the breeze can blow you off your feet.

No excuses

"We won't make any excuses. We will have to come and hit the ground running.

"People might say India did not go well for us, but this is a new challenge, a new chance to focus and finish the year on a high.

"We have a lot of respect for our opponents and we know New Zealand can be a very competitive side, especially at home.

"We recall that England were the No 1 side in the world when they visited last year and they drew 1-1. They found the cricket difficult, so we expect the same."

"There are a number of guys that want to bounce back, myself included. I did not have a good time in India and I want to come out and reassert myself as a Test captain and player, and many of the players want to do the same following the humiliation in India."

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