New Zealand captain Kane Williamson will be included in the 15-man squad for the Cricket World Cup as he continues to recover from knee surgery.
Williamson suffered the injury while playing in the Indian Premier League during March, but has made sufficient progress in his recovery to be in contention ahead of the start of the tournament in October.
Black Caps coach Gary Stead, though, stressed Williamson – who has been training with the team in their tour of England – would not be pushed to play until fully fit.
“Kane has applied phenomenal dedication to his rehabilitation and has been supported by a strong group of experts around him,” Stead said. “He’s left no stone unturned in trying to get back playing cricket at the highest level. We are delighted to be in a place to select him.
“At the same time, he’s also kept perspective about his recovery and hasn’t wanted to rush or force his way back too early.
“As we’ve previously said, it’s great he wants to play cricket for New Zealand in the long term.”
Williamson is determined to be able to take part in what would be his fourth World Cup.
“Through this entire process I have tried to keep an open mind on when I might be able to return to cricket and not get too focused on one date or match,” said Williamson, whose side were beaten by England in a Super Over which decided the 2019 World Cup final at Lord’s.
“Being selected doesn’t change that and I know there’s still work to do and day by day goals to tick off to get back on the field with the team.”
New Zealand are set to name their World Cup squad on Monday September 11, with the tournament getting under way in India on October 5.