Bangalore: New Zealand’s selectors rang in the changes as they named the squad for the first Test against England starting on March 6 in Dunedin, picking three new players and dropping James Franklin, the allrounder, and Jeetan Patel, the offspinner, from the 12-man squad.
Hamish Rutherford and Tom Latham, both opening batsmen, and Bruce Martin, 32, the left-arm spinner, were included, while Ross Taylor and Tim Southee also returned to the Test squad. Taylor sat out of the series against South Africa, while Southee was injured.
Rutherford, the son of Ken Rutherford, the former New Zealand captain, is likely to partner Peter Fulton at the top of the order. New Zealand have struggled to establish a productive opening pair for a while, with Martin Guptill and Brendon McCullum averaging only 16.5 in eight innings during recent series against Sri Lanka and South Africa.