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    Ross Taylor fit for South Africa Tests

    Wellington: Ross Taylor will be available for selection for New Zealand's first Test against South Africa, starting on March 7 in Dunedin.

    Taylor, who has missed the entire South Africa series so far, has fully recovered from a calf injury he suffered during New Zealand's tour of Zimbabwe.

    "We are pleased with Ross's improvement and he will have fully recovered from the calf injury in time to lead the team against South Africa," said New Zealand Cricket physiotherapist Paul Close.

    But things are not that rosy for middle-order batsman Dean Brownlie, who was impressive in the Tests against Australia a few months back.

    "After discussions with Dean and the medical specialists it is clear he will not have recovered in time for him to be considered for the first test," said Close.

    Brownlie injured a finger in his left hand while facing Aussie paceman Mitchell Starc.

    "With the injured finger being on his left hand he is struggling to grip the bat without pain. He is progressing, and has started hitting balls, but needs more time to fully heal before he's ready for the rigours of international cricket."

    New Zeland lost the three-match Twenty20 series 2-1, and are trailing 1-0 in the ongoing one day international series.