New Zealand have chosen the same 14-man squad that convincingly beat Bangladesh as they prepare for a considerable step up in class for the two-Test series against Australia, which starts on November 18.
Richard Hadlee, the manager of New Zealand's selection panel, said that the players would be aware of the extra intensity needed to face the world's best side. "It is one of the biggest challenges in cricket to play Australia on their home soil and the Black Caps are very much looking forward to the challenge."
Hamish Marshall had again been named ahead of the more experienced Craig McMillan. "Marshall has done the job asked of him, even though he has had just one Test innings in Bangladesh," Hadlee said. "With Michael Papps injured, we have confidence in Mathew Sinclair and it makes sense for him to open the innings. It is good for Sinclair to have the opportunity to continue on from where he left off in the Tests against Bangladesh."
New Zealand play Australia at the Gabba from November 18-22 and at the Adelaide Oval from November 26-30.
New Zealand squad Mark Richardson, Mathew Sinclair, Stephen Fleming (capt), Scott Styris, Nathan Astle, Hamish Marshall, Jacob Oram, Brendan McCullum (wk), Daniel Vettori, James Franklin, Kyle Mills, Paul Wiseman, Ian Butler, Chris Martin.