Guptill, Henry in NZ Test squad for England
New Zealand batsman Martin Guptill, who last played a Test in May 2013, has been recalled to the Test squad for the side's forthcoming tour to England. Fast bowler Matt Henry has received a Test call-up, while uncapped allrounder Mitchell Santner has been added to New Zealand's ODI and T20 squad.
Guptill played the last of his 31 Tests during New Zealand's tour of England in 2013, featuring in only one match of the two-game series. He scored 1 and 3 in New Zealand's 247-run defeat to England at Headingley and was subsequently excluded from the Test side, including home series against West Indies, India and Sri Lanka.
Mike Hesson, the New Zealand coach, said Guptill had been picked for his ability to cover several batting positions and would have a chance to further his claims during the two warm-up games ahead of the first Test at Lord's on May 21.
"This is a stable, established Test side but there will be opportunities for contenders," Hesson said. "Martin's a classically styled batsman and there's really no reason why he can't be as influential in the longer game as he is in the short."
James Neesham's injury was one of the factors that prompted Henry's selection and Hesson said the bowler was ready for the challenges of the longer format.
"It's another step up for Matt but we've been impressed by the maturity and skill-set he's already shown in the ODI format," Hesson said.
Fast bowler Adam Milne, who had been ruled out of the World Cup due to a heel injury, has been picked in the limited-overs side. Milne was ruled out two days before the semi-final against South Africa and Henry was picked as a substitute for the bowler.
Santner, meanwhile, has been picked following a good run in this season's Ford Trophy. The left-handed batsman was one of the leading run-scorers for Northern Districts in the tournament - 326 runs in nine innings at 36.22 - and also picked up 11 wickets with his left-arm spin at an average of 36.09 and an economy rate of 4.98.
With a few New Zealand players set to miss the warm-up matches due to IPL commitments, BJ Watling will captain the side in the four-day games against Somerset and Worcestershire, which start from May 8 and May 14 respectively. The New Zealand selectors have included pacers Jacob Duffy and Ben Wheeler, and Santner for the warm-up matches.
The first Test against England will be played at Lord's from May 21, while Headingley will host the second Test from May 29. The five-match ODI series will begin on June 9 and the only Twenty20 international of the tour will be played at Old Trafford on June 23.
New Zealand Test squad: Brendon McCullum (captain), Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Mark Craig, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Luke Ronchi, Hamish Rutherford, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling, Kane Williamson
New Zealand ODI and T20 squad: Brendon McCullum (captain), Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Grant Elliott, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nathan McCullum, Adam Milne, Luke Ronchi, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Kane Williamson