Black Caps captain Kane Williamson is a doubt for the third test of the Bangladesh series after suffering a torn pectoral muscle during second test in Wellington.
Williamson did not field in second innings, after injuring his left shoulder while diving in the field in the first innings. He had experienced pain while batting, and subsequent scans revealed that he had suffered a grade one tear to his left pectoral minor muscle.
The final test starts on Saturday in Christchurch, although New Zealand coach Gary Stead said they would be cautious with Williamson, who is likely to be replaced by the uncapped Will Young.
“Will has been in our test squad as batting cover for the past two series and he should be confident following some strong performances domestically and for New Zealand A.” he added.
“Kane is obviously keen to play this final game, but we’ll look to take a safety-first approach, particularly with the World Cup on the horizon,
It’s a pretty rare injury – they’ve only seen I think five in the world before.” Stead said.
“If he’s fit, no player wants to give up their spot in the test team. But I think it’s safe to say that we will probably err on the conservative side, and if there’s any chance of risk then we’re likely to pull him from that game.”
While the World Cup in May is an obvious focus, Williamson still has the matter of Indian Premier League to worry about, with the 28-year-old set to link up later this month with the Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Stead is confident that Williamson will be fit in time but stressed that New Zealand Cricket won’t let the Indian franchise take any risks with their star batsman ahead of the World Cup.