Ross Taylor has been cleared by eye specialists to play the Hamilton Test against Pakistan, which is set to begin on November 25. However, the batsman needs surgery on his left eye, which will be done after the Test, thereby ruling him out of the ODIs in Australia in December.
Taylor has a benign growth on the eye, called a "pterygium". The growth is currently not obscuring his vision in any way, according to New Zealand's physiotherapist Tommy Simsek, but will have to be removed before it gets larger.
"Ross has a pterygium on his left eye, which is gradually getting bigger," Simsek said. "Both the specialists he has seen in recent days have advised Ross still has 20/20 vision, and Ross himself feels confident he is ready to play.
"But Ross will still need to undergo a medical procedure on his eye to remove the pterygium before it gets any larger. He'll have surgery following the Test, which rule him out of cricket for approximately four to six weeks."
New Zealand are leading the two-Test series against Pakistan 1-0. After it ends, they travel to Australia to play three ODIs for the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy, between December 4 and 9. Their next international assignment is a visit by Bangladesh, which kicks off with an ODI on Boxing Day in Christchurch.
Northern Districts batsman Dean Brownlie had been put on standby by the selectors, as cover for Taylor, when New Zealand Cricket announced the squad for the second Test against Pakistan. Allrounder Mitchell Santner returns to the squad for that Test, having recovered from a wrist fracture.