Martin Guptill’s faltering Test career appeared to be over as he was dropped from New Zealand’s squad for tthe two-Test series against Pakistan starting on November.
Guptill was not named in the 13-man squad for the series after repeatedly failing to showcase his limited-overs form in the Test matches.
He was given a final chance on the recent tour of India but managed only one half century in six innings, continuing his woes against the red ball.
The 30-year-old averages 42.35 in one-dayers but only 29.38 in Tests.
His absence means Indian-born batsman Jeet Raval is likely to earn his debut in the first Test against Pakistan beginning in Christchurch next Thursday.
Raval was considered unlucky to miss out on the India tour but chief selector Gavin Larsen said he should thrive in New Zealand conditions.
“His (domestic) form in recent seasons has been excellent and the opportunity for Jeet to begin his international career in familiar conditions will be important,” he said.
Allrounder Colin de Grandhomme was the other uncapped player named in the squad, while Todd Astle earned a recall after four years. Astle, the Canterbury legspinner, played his only Test against Sri Lanka at the P Sara Oval in 2012, a game which New Zealand won to register their first win on Sri Lankan soil after 14 years .
New Zealand squad for Pakistan Tests
Kane Williamson (capt), Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Jimmy Neesham, Jeet Raval, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling.