Central Districts batsman Mathew Sinclair has been handed a recall as New Zealand made one change to their Test squad ahead of the two-match series with Australia.
Sinclair, a veteran of 32 Tests, 54 One-Day Internationals and two Twenty20 Internationals, replaces Neil Broom, who was involved in the squad when New Zealand beat Bangladesh earlier this year.
“We felt we needed a cover top-order batter, rather than cover for our middle order, so Neil is a little unlucky in that respect," selector Mark Greatbatch explained, going on to confirm that captain Daniel Vettori would bat at number six.
“He has been very successful there over the last half-dozen tests," he said. "It also gives a very good balance to our side. It enables us to play the five bowlers we are looking for, whether that is four seamers and one spinner, or three seamers and two spinners in our squad, we have the ability to be flexible."
The first game begins in Wellington on Friday, 19th March before moving on to Hamilton, where the second Test begins on 27th March.
New Zealand Test squad: Daniel Vettori (captain), Brent Arnel, Martin Guptill, Peter Ingram, Brendon McCullum, Tim McIntosh, Chris Martin, Jeetan Patel, Mathew Sinclair, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Daryl Tuffey, BJ Watling
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