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Martin Guptill dropped from New Zealand Test squad for Pakistan series

Martin Guptill had a disappointing tour of India
Martin Guptill had a disappointing tour of India
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Hard-hitting New Zealand batsman Martin Guptill has been omitted from the 13-man squad that will take on Pakistan in a two-match Test series at home.

Guptill was found wanting in the recent away series against India where he scored just 159 runs from three Test matches at an average of 26.50. Even in the five-match One-Day International series against India, the 30-year-old managed just 111 runs at an average of 22.20.

Apart from Guptill, the selectors have also left out Luke Ronchi, Ish Sodhi, Jeetan Patel and Doug Bracewell.

Ronchi's exclusion has come as a surprise considering the wicket-keeper batsman was the leading run-scorer for New Zealand in the Test series against India with 200 runs from three matches while Bracewell did not even feature in any of the game during the tour.

Instead the selectors have gone for the uncalled batsman Jeet Raval while Colin de Grandhomme and Todd Astle have also been recalled in the squad.

Astle's only Test appearance for New Zealand came in 2012 and had last featured for the Black Caps in the home Twenty20 International series against Pakistan in January. Raval had been part of the New Zealand squad during their recent tour to Zimbabwe and South Africa but failed to feature in any of the Test.

Meanwhile, all-rounder de Grandhomme has played a solitary ODI and four T20Is for New Zealand previously, all of it coming in 2012.

The two-match Test series will be played between 17th and 29th November in Christchurch and Hamilton.

New Zealand squad:

Kane Williamson (captain), Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Jimmy Neesham, Jeet Raval, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling

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