All dressed up: Craig McMillan will go to Christchurch instead of Auckland © Getty Images

Craig McMillan, who was dumped from the third Test side, will captain a New Zealand Major Associations XI next week in Sri Lanka's only warm up match for the two-Test series. McMillan was cut by New Zealand after some ill-disciplined shots to Shane Warne, but he will have a chance for redemption alongside Daryl Tuffey.

Tuffey starred in a recent New Zealand Cricket inquiry after he was videoed by two English tourists having sex and was fined NZ$1000 (US$700). His place depends on his recovery from injury, but the match would give him the opportunity to hit back from a poor patch that included a 14-ball opening over in the one-day series against Australia.

Mathew Sinclair, another to suffer against the world champions, has also been picked in the side that will play at Christchurch's QEII Park from March 28 to 30. Richard Hadlee, the selection panel manager, said the team was not a New Zealand A side because players from Auckland and Wellington, who will be preparing for the State Championship final from April 3, were not considered.

Major Associations squad Mathew Sinclair, Craig McMillan (capt), Graeme Aldridge, Peter Fulton, Gareth Hopkins, Jamie How, Warren McSkimming, Bruce Martin, Aaron Redmond, Ross Taylor, Greg Todd, Daryl Tuffey, Joseph Yovich.