New Zealand have announced that Brendon McCullum will miss Thursday's third and final Twenty20 international against Pakistan.
A back injury has already prevented the wicketkeeper batsman from taking part in the first two T20 matches of the three-match series, both of which were won by the Black Caps.
With the Christchurch game therefore a dead rubber, selectors are giving him the chance of further rest ahead of the two-match Test series against Pakistan which starts on January 7.
That series is followed by six one-day internationals against the same opponents.
"Brendon got through the fitness test well and we are pleased with the progress he has made," selector Glenn Turner said.
"Although the signs are good the selection panel think the sensible approach is to rest Brendon for the final Twenty20 international against Pakistan.
"This is in view of the heavy workload Brendon will shoulder in the upcoming test and (one-day) series. We believe the extra rest will be of benefit in the longer term."
McCullum sustained the back injury during New Zealand's tour of India in November.