Napier: New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum batted with freedom in the nets on Wednesday and should be fit to play Sunday`s World Cup clash against Afghanistan despite taking a heavy blow to the arm against Australia.
McCullum was hit high on the left forearm by a Mitchell Johnson delivery in Saturday`s one-wicket win over Australia and received treatment on the ground, though it did not force him off Eden Park.
"Yep, there`s no reason for him not to play," New Zealand coach Mike Hesson told reporters in Napier on Wednesday where the team re-assembled after three days off.
"The swelling is going down. It looks a bit ordinary at the moment but he`s batted today without any issues. He`s fine."
Unbeaten New Zealand lead Pool A on eight points and face Afghanistan at McLean Park on Sunday before their final clash against Bangladesh in Hamilton on March 13.