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Jamie How captains New Zealand A after losing his place in the senior set-up

Jamie How and James Franklin have been named in the New Zealand A side for the first of two four-day matches against England Lions in Queenstown.

How, named captain for this tour, was dropped from the Black Caps squad for the final two one-day matches against the West Indies and replaced by Martin Guptill who went on to impress with an unbeaten century on debut.

Franklin is on his way back from a long injury lay-off following knee surgery last year.

Head of the selection panel Glenn Turner claimed the series would provide a good chance for both established and younger players to get time in the longer form of the game.

“Jamie How has agreed to captain the side, and this will give him an opportunity to find some form in a four-day setting,” said Turner.

“James Franklin also has a good chance to show whether he can regain the form he’s shown in Test cricket previously with the ball and also show his improvement with the bat.

“Mitchell McClenaghan earns selection as one of the sharpest bowlers in the domestic competition and is in the promising category.

“Kane Williamson is another promising young talent – he’s batting well and also bowls off-spinners.”

The New Zealand A side plays the England Lions in four-day games in Queenstown, from March 1-4 and Lincoln from March 7-10.

The series finishes with one-day games in Palmerston North on March 13 and 16 and a Twenty20 in New Plymouth on March 19.

New Zealand A squad: Jamie How (captain), Brent Arnel, Trent Boult, James Franklin, Peter Ingram, Mitchell McClenaghan, Tim McIntosh, Bruce Martin, BJ Watling, Kane Williamson, Luke Woodcock, Reece Young.

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