New Zealand have recalled top-order batsman Aaron Redmond for the Test series against West Indies five years after he last played the longest form of the game.
The 34-year-old has been named in a 13-man squad for the three-match series that starts at the University Oval in Dunedin on December 3 predominantly to provide cover for the injured Kane Williamson, who broke his thumb last month.
Redmond, who last played a Test against Australia in 2008, has been in good form in Plunket Shield first-class cricket for the past two seasons and batted well in a warm-up match in Christchurch.
"Aaron has made a good start to the Plunket Shield to date and on top of the 67 he scored yesterday for the New Zealand XI we felt he was the best top order batting cover," selection manager Bruce Edgar.
Williamson broke his thumb on the tour of Bangladesh and medical staff had thought his injury may take up to six weeks to heal, although he will undergo a fitness check before the team is finalised.
"Kane has been in the nets batting and bowling and getting his intensity levels up," Edgar said. "We're confident he should be right come Tuesday."
Pace bowler Tim Southee is also back in the squad after ankle surgery in July along with all-rounder Corey Anderson, but he is on the mend following a rib injury in Bangladesh and may play as just a batsman in Dunedin if the home side decide to pick an all-seam attack and not include leg-spinner Ish Sodhi.
The 20-year-old Sodhi impressed on the Bangladesh tour and Edgar said if the conditions suited him he would be given another chance.
Williamson, if fit, is likely to fill the spinning role if New Zealand go with a four-pronged pace attack of Southee, Trent Boult, Neil Wagner and Doug Bracewell.