New Zealand are expected to recall Kane Williamson for the second Test against the West Indies, starting on Wednesday.
The batsman was not risked in the opener in Dunedin last week after it was decided his broken thumb needed extra time to heal.
But Williamson is in line to replace Aaron Redmond at No 3 in Wellington, and he is also likely to send down a few overs of spin if the home side opt to play an extra seamer.
The Black Caps are considering playing paceman Doug Bracewell on a wicket expected to favour the seamers, while specialist spinner Ish Sodhi is set to carry the drinks.
The West Indies will give captain Darren Sammy until the last possible moment to prove his fitness for the match.
Sammy suffered a leg muscle injury in Dunedin, where the Windies escaped with a draw after rain washed out the final session of the Test with New Zealand just 33 runs short of victory.
Sammy also hinted that the tourists could play two specialist spinners, with Sunil Narine in line to join Shane Shillingford in the attack.
The New Zealand pacemen bowled over 200 overs with little respite in the first Test as Darren Bravo's double-century led a spirited fightback after the Windies had followed on 396 runs behind.
Sammy said: "Their bowlers toiled and that's a lot of yards in the legs.
"I guess my bowlers will be much fresher than their bowlers so hopefully we can go into the second Test and they'll be a bit tired and we will be a fresher team."
New Zealand have now gone over a year without a Test victory, and coach Mike Hesson believes they can stop the rot this week after being denied by the weather in Dunedin.
"We're getting ourselves into position to win Tests. Twenty more minutes in Dunedin and we'd have had a Test win," he said.
"I think the team's starting to turn a corner in terms of our method and how we play and, sure, we'd love the wins."