New Zealand have confirmed Brendon McCullum will keep wicket in the second Investec Test at Headingley, a decision that sees Martin Guptill recalled to bat at six.
First-choice wicketkeeper BJ Watling has been ruled out of the game having injured his left knee when attempting to effect a run-out on day three of the first Test at Lord’s last week.
Watling trained with the tourists this morning, but was unable to prove his fitness.
Although New Zealand have a back-up wicketkeeper on tour in Tom Latham, the 21-year-old is uncapped at Test level.
The Black Caps have therefore opted to hand McCullum the gloves, with Guptill - a player familiar with English conditions following his time at Derbyshire - taking Watling’s place in the line-up.
It reamins to be seen whether Daniel Vettori will be fit to replace fellow spinner Bruce Martin, who has left the tour with an injured calf.
Vettori, who last played a Test in July before suffering from a chronic Achilles problem, also trained today but will be assessed further after tomorrow’s session to determine his availability.