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Cricket news - 'Safety-first approach' with Williamson after scans reveal grade one tear

Williamson suffered a grade one tear to his left pectoral minor muscle while fielding on the third morning.

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson has suffered a grade one tear to his left pectoral minor muscle while fielding on the third morning, MRI scans revealed on Tuesday (March 12). Head coach Gary Stead said that Williamson will still travel with the team to Christchurch for the third and final Test against Bangladesh but the management will follow a "safety first" approach when it comes to playing him, keeping the upcoming World Cup in mind.

"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," said Stead. "If he's fit, no player wants to give up their spot in the test team. It's safe to say we'll probably err on the conservative side and if there's any chance of risk then we're likely to pull him from that game."

Williamson's injury is rare but not serious, Stead revealed, meaning the recovery time and the nature of it should be simple. "They've only seen five in the world before," he said of the injury. "It's very minor but we're hopeful he will recover quickly. The physio and staff were saying we'd make this a case study because it is so rare. It's like any muscle, there's irritation and a wee bit of bleeding but it's not a major injury. We're hopeful in a short period of time he'll be back to full noise."

In case Williamson sits out of the third Test, Will Young, who's been on the horizon for the last two series, will be in line to make his Test debut. "Will [Young] 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," Stead said.

A final decision on the replacement player in the squad will be taken after the latest round of Plunkett Shield gets over on Tuesday.

Williamson's injury also raises eyebrows about his participation in Sunrisers Hyderabad's opening game in the Indian Premier League (IPL), which is on Sunday (March 24). But Stead said that he's spoken to the physio and Williamson shouldn't ideally have a recuperation period that long.

"From what I've been speaking to the physio and Kane about, if things progress as we hope then still going to the IPL shouldn't be a problem for him. But he's also aware of it's not quite 100 then we will potentially hold him back and just make sure he is right before he goes on that plane. Kane has managed his way through injuries before. He's had niggles and seems to find a way through. The extent of the this and the unknown was the thing we were unsure about."

Also, BJ Watling sustained a hamstring injury before the commencement of the final day, and Peter Bocock, the Northern Districts 'keeper, had to fill in. Stead said that Watling had a minor strain and by not taking the gloves was giving himself more time to recuperate before the third and final Test of the series.

"BJ [Watling] has a minor left hamstring strain and we felt it was best he didn't keep today to give him the best chance of being fit for the third Test, Stead said. "If it was a World Cup final and we needed him to be out there, he would have gone out, but we thought with the next Test match further down the track there was no point in risking him."

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