- New Zealand add Martin Guptill to their squad for Test series with England
- Guptill, their limited overs opener, will provide batting cover for Ross Taylor
- Taylor has a thigh injury and may not be fully fit for the opening Test in Auckland
Taylor, who missed the one-day international series decider won by England in Christchurch because of a thigh injury, is still expected to feature in New Zealand’s inaugural day-night Test at Auckland’s Eden Park.
But the hosts have taken the precaution of calling up Guptill to bolster their squad to 13.
New Zealand have added Martin Guptill to their squad ahead of the Test series with England
Guptill is New Zealand’s limited overs opening batsman but had a mixed series against England
New Zealand selector Gavin Larsen said: ‘We opted for extra batting cover for that final spot – and with Martin having been playing in the middle order recently, he can cover a number of positions for us.
‘Ross is progressing nicely and is expected to take a full part in training tomorrow.’
Guptill is his country’s limited-overs opener.
He had a mixed ODI series in the 3-2 defeat to England but also hit 73 from No 3 as captain of a New Zealand XI against the tourists in their second warm-up match in Hamilton three days ago.
The 31-year-old has 47 Test caps, and an average just under 30, but last played on the tour of India in October 2016.