New Zealand squad for Tests v England 2013
Brendon McCullum (captain)
Appointed captain in controversial circumstances ahead of the recent tour to South Africa, McCullum is burdened with great responsibility. The wicketkeeper-batsman, who no longer takes the gloves in Tests, is capable of destructive innings, as he proved on numerous occasions in the preceding limited-overs series with England.
Fulton is a top-order batsman known as 'two-metre Peter' due to his appreciable height. Now 34, he flattered to deceive in previous Test appearances and is surely in the last-chance saloon having been recalled for the first time since 2009.
The son of former New Zealand international Ken, Rutherford is a left-handed opening batsman boasting an impressive first-class record. Uncapped in Tests prior to this rubber, it remains to be seen whether he can handle the step up to the highest level.
Latham is another youngster promoted in the absence of the injured Martin Guptill. He has already represented the Black Caps in limited-overs cricket, without notable success, and can also keep wicket.
An elegant batsman boasting considerable experience at the age of 22, Williamson has been earmarked as a future captain of his country. A familiar face in England following two successful stints with Gloucestershire, he is also a handy part-time off-spinner.
Taylor's talent is not in question, but he is facing the task of rebuilding his relationship with New Zealand coach Mike Hesson following his acrimonious dismissal as captain. Strong through the leg side and capable of taking the attack to the best bowlers in the world, he would appear to be entering the prime of his career.
An Australian-born middle-order batsman, Brownlie demonstrated his resolve when striking 109 - his maiden Test century - in a losing cause against South Africa in January. That came after New Zealand had been skittled for 45 in the first innings and highlighted Brownlie's strong temperament, although doubts remain over his technique.
The wicketkeeper-batsman has renewed pressure for his place following Luke Ronchi's qualification for New Zealand. Watling has one Test hundred and a respectable average to date, but will need to kick on if he is to remain first choice.
Together with Williamson, Bracewell appears to be one of the brightest prospects in New Zealand. A brisk swing bowler boasting plenty of potential with the bat, he claimed match-winning figures of 9-60 against Australia in only his third Test, back in December 2011. There is surely much more to come from the 22-year-old, who was ruled out of the first two Tests with a cut foot.
Still only 24, Southee made a notable impression as a teenager when England last toured New Zealand in 2008. The paceman followed first-innings figures of 5-55 with a stunning 40-ball 77 containing nine sixes. Fitness problems have plagued him since, but he reminded the world of his ability when claiming career-best figures of 7-64 in Bangalore last August.
Left-arm seamer Boult was handed a debut on the 2011 tour of Australia and begins this series with 30 wickets from 10 Test outings. His most impressive performance to date came in New Zealand's shock victory over Sri Lanka in Colombo last November, where he returned match figures of 7-75.
A veteran left-arm spinner, Martin represented New Zealand in the 1998 Under-19 World Cup, but has only recently pushed for Test selection. Unused on the tour of South Africa, he will hope to get the chance to add to his 314 first-class scalps.
Wagner was added to the squad after impressing in a New Zealand XI’s victory over England at Queenstown. The left-arm seamer, who was born in South Africa and moved from there to New Zealand in his twenties, can swing the ball both ways having added reverse-swing to his repertoire.
The seamer was called up as injury cover for Bracewell, despite the last of Butler’s eight Tests being more than eight years ago. Since then he has been in and out of New Zealand’s limited-overs sides - most recently featuring in February’s Twenty20 series with England.