Struggling How left out
Black Caps include uncapped batsman for final two one-dayers
Last Updated: January 7, 2009 11:26pm
How: Dropped after poor form
New Zealand have dropped out-of-form opener Jamie How in favour of uncapped batsman Martin Guptill for the final two one-dayers against the West Indies.
How has endured an extended run of poor form, culminating in his duck against the West Indies during New Zealand's seven-wicket win in Wellington on Wednesday.
That form has cost How his place in the side, and uncapped 22-year-old Guptill is the man to benefit as he has been called up into Daniel Vettori's squad.
The Auckland man is averaging 41 in first-class cricket this season, with a recent knock of 124 from 97 balls against Northern Districts helping his claims for international honours.
"Martin really impressed on the tours to Australia and India last year with the Emerging Players and New Zealand A," head of the selection panel Glenn Turner said.
"He's continued that form this summer since coming back from injury at the start of the season."
How will return to domestic cricket in New Zealand in the hope of finding some much-needed form to push for a re-call.
With the one-day series tied at 1-1, the final two matches will be played in Auckland on January 10 and in Napier three days later.
New Zealand squad: Daniel Vettori (captain), Neil Broom, Grant Elliott, Daniel Flynn, Mark Gillespie, Martin Guptill, Brendon McCullum, Kyle Mills, Jeetan Patel, Jesse Ryder, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor.