McCullum to keep as Guptill comes in
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 remains to be seen whether Daniel Vettori will be able 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.
The veteran is expected to be selected ahead of Doug Bracewell if he is deemed match-fit and Neil Wagner, for one, would welcome his experience.
"It is exciting seeing a guy like Dan around the changing room again and just having the possibility of him playing," Wagner said.
"To have him stand at mid-on or mid-off to pick his brains when I'm bowling will be quite nice because he's an experienced campaigner and someone you can rely on.
"He brings a good spirit to the team and he's quite a funny bloke who brings a bit of humour in tough situations.
"He's got immense experience so as a bowler if you've got a question or something to pick then he's the one to talk to.
"You know what you get from him, he's a class performer and it is good to see him back."