Two uncapped Test cricketers have been selected for New Zealand's tour of India with batsman Kane Williamson and fast bowler Hamish Bennett included in the Black Caps squad for next month's series.
Six players - Brent Arnel, Martin Guptill, Chris Martin, Tim McIntosh, Gareth Hopkins and Jeetan Patel - will travel directly from Zimbabwe to India where they have been playing a series of four-day matches for New Zealand A.
Coach Mark Greatbach says Bennett did everything asked of him on the disastrous tour of Bangladesh and offers the side a genuine pace option.
The Black Caps' first Test of the three-match tour gets underway on November the 4th.
Brent Arnel - Northern Knights
Hamish Bennett - Canterbury Wizards
Martin Guptill - Auckland Aces
Gareth Hopkins - Auckland Aces
Chris Martin - Auckland Aces
Brendon McCullum - Otago Volts
Tim McIntosh - Auckland Aces
Andy McKay - Wellington Firebirds
Jeetan Patel - Wellington Firebirds
Jesse Ryder - Wellington Firebirds
Tim Southee - Northern Knights
Ross Taylor - Central Stags
Daniel Vettori (c) - Northern Knights
B-J Watling - Northern Knights
Kane Williamson - Northern Knights