WELLINGTON: New Zealand have injury concerns over captain Brendon McCullum and batsman Kane Williamson as they prepare for this week’s opening Test against the West Indies, with the hosts chasing their first series win for five years.
Williamson, recovering from a broken thumb, said on Sunday there was no guarantee he would play in the Dunedin Test starting on Tuesday while McCullum requires painkillers for a back injury.
“It comes down to the medical staff and myself talking,” said Williamson, who bats at number three for the Black Caps.
“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.”
McCullum, who returned home early from the recent tour of Bangladesh because of his back problems, said he is in regular pain but has dismissed reports that he could be forced to retire.
“There’s times where it doesn’t make the game that enjoyable, but overall everyone else has to deal with injuries as well and this is just one that I’m going to have to push through, unfortunately,” he said.
McCullum said a bigger concern for him was needing to “lead from the front” and overcome a batting slump that saw him score just 54 runs in three Test innings against Bangladesh, followed by 22 and 10 against the West Indies in a tour warm-up game.