The BLACKCAPS have kept the same Test squad for the upcoming two match ANZ Test Series against India, beginning Thursday 6 February at Eden Park.
The 12 players named are the same side as the one used in the second and third Test against the West Indies in December, winning 2-0.
BLACKCAPS Test squad for ANZ Test Series v India
Brendon McCullum (c) - Otago Volts
Corey Anderson - Northern Knights
Trent Boult - Northern Knights
Doug Bracewell - Central Stags
Peter Fulton - Canterbury Wizards
Hamish Rutherford - Otago Volts
Jesse Ryder - Otago Volts*
Ish Sodhi - Northern Knights
Tim Southee - Northern Knights
Ross Taylor - Central Stags
Neil Wagner - Otago Volts
BJ Watling - Northern Knights
Kane Williamson - Northern Knights
*Jesse Ryder will travel with the squad as cover for Ross Taylor, whose second child is due during the Test series.
New Zealand Cricket General Manager National Selection Bruce Edgar says it’s a settled squad, but feels there are plenty of players knocking on the door.
“We’ve been really pleased with how this group of players has performed and they’ve been rewarded with consistent selection.
“There’s a lot of talented players in the wings, with the likes of Hamish Bennett, Jimmy Neesham, Tom Latham, Martin Guptill and Jesse Ryder all pushing hard to be involved. That brings out the best in players, and poses some hard questions for Mike and I.
“We’ve made a lot of progress in the Test format recently and the two matches against India will be another chance to continue that development. India are a class side and will give us a good gauge of where the team is at,” said Edgar.
BLACKCAPS Head Coach Mike Hesson says India shapes up as a massive challenge, but also a great opportunity.
“We were thrilled the way we played to beat the West Indies 2-0, but realise we’ll have to step it up another gear when playing India.
“It’s an exciting challenge and we look forward to giving it our all,” said Hesson.
Peter Fulton and Hamish Rutherford will also feature for a New Zealand XI side in a two day warm-up match against India beginning 2 February at Cobham Oval, Whangarei.
New Zealand XI side
Peter Fulton (c) – Canterbury Wizards
Roald Badenhorst – Central Stags
Jono Boult – Northern Knights
Anton Devcich – Northern Knights
Tipene Friday – Auckland Aces
Jono Hickey – Northern Knights
Shawn Hicks – NZ Under-19s
Iain McPeake – Wellington Firebirds
Hamish Rutherford – Otago Volts
Tim Seifert (w) – NZ Under-19s
Ili Tugaga – Wellington Firebirds
Henry Walsh – Wellington Firebirds
Edgar believes the match is a great opportunity for all the New Zealand XI players.
“We’ve gone with a predominantly youthful side because we feel the experience will help their development.
“It’s not often you get to face India, so it’s a great chance for the players to test themselves against one of the world's leading sides.
“For Peter and Hamish, it will be a good chance to have a look at the Indian attack before the first Test,“ said Edgar.