Sacked captain Ross Taylor has indicated he could return for England's forthcoming tour of New Zealand.
Taylor, 28, was controversially stripped of the captaincy in all three formats last month and replaced by Brendon McCullum for the current tour of South Africa.
Taylor is taking a break from the game and has since been issued with an apology by New Zealand Cricket for the manner in which he was dismissed.
The batsman plans now to play some domestic cricket for Central Districts before the end of the month, and is hoping he can win selection for the Test team to face England in Februay.
"All the best to the @BLACKCAPS for the second test. Looking forward to working my way back for the home series against England," Taylor wrote on his Twitter page.
"Back into training and it's going well. Can't wait to get out on the park with @CDStags on 24 January."
New Zealand Cricket chairman Chris Moller issued a public apology to Taylor shortly after his sacking.
"The board has reviewed all aspects of the captaincy issue and wishes to publicly place on record its apologies to Ross Taylor and his family for the manner in which events have unfolded," Moller said.
"Yeah, the ball's been dropped, absolutely. Could we have done things better? Absolutely. Are we going to learn from those mistakes? Well we hope so."
Taylor led New Zealand to a series-levelling victory in Sri Lanka in what was his last match before his axing.
England will fly to New Zealand following their current tour of India to play a three-Test series after three one-day and Twenty20 internationals.