Brendon McCullum (captain)
Appointed captain in controversial circumstances ahead of the winter tour to South Africa, McCullum has excelled since taking the reins. An inventive skipper, he possesses a rare ability to impact a game with clever field changes - something the middle-order man marries with being incredibly destructive with the bat.
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 missed the drawn reverse series in March with a cut foot.
A left-arm seamer capable of finding prodigious movement in the air, Boult could well excel in English conditions. He was a constant threat in the aforementioned series between the sides and will likely prove even more dangerous on these shores.
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 and played all three matches versus England earlier this year.
Fulton is a top-order batsman known as 'two-metre Peter' due to his appreciable height. Now 34, he flattered to deceive in his initial Test appearances, yet grasped the opportunity with both hands when recalled during England’s trip to the Antipodes; Fulton was the series’ leading scorer with 347 runs at an average of 69, including two centuries in the final encounter.
Guptill’s return from hamstring and thumb injuries that ruled him out of the reverse series is a major boost for New Zealand. Although the opening batsman has a modest Test average of 30, he spent part of the last two summers with Derbyshire and in his 2012 stint had a first-class average of almost 50.
The son of former New Zealand international Ken, Rutherford is an aggressive left-handed opening batsman who struck 171 in his first Test innings, against England in March.
A bustling paceman, Gillespie has a Test bowling average below 30 but has struggled to cement a place in New Zealand’s side. The 33-year-old faces a tough task to get the nod this time around given the competition for seam slots.
A young batsman who can also keep wicket, Latham has represented the Black Caps in limited-overs cricket without being given an opportunity in the longer form.
A veteran left-arm spinner whose action bears a striking resemblance to Daniel Vettori’s, Martin was largely impressive in the reverse series despite claiming only nine wickets at an average of 43.
An elegant batsman boasting considerable experience at the age of 22, Williamson has been earmarked as a future captain of his country. Familiar with English conditions following two successful stints with Gloucestershire, he is also a handy part-time off-spinner.
Still only 24, Southee has still yet to fulfil his seemingly lofty potential, albeit having endured fitness problems in his career thus far. He managed just six wickets in the previous drawn series - a return that did not do justice to often-impressive efforts.
Taylor returned to the fold on England’s tour of New Zealand following a self-imposed spell out of the side in the aftermath of losing the captaincy, yet fared poorly in the Test series. He averaged just 23 in three matches, but remains his side’s most talented batsman and has experience of excelling on these shores.
Left-arm seamer Wagner can swing the ball both ways having added reverse-swing to his repertoire. A fiery operator, he will hope to have done enough when performing well in his debut series last time out, but will likely face competition from the returning Bracewell.
The wicketkeeper-batsman has renewed pressure for his place following Luke Ronchi's qualification for New Zealand, but keeps his spot following a solid showing versus Alastair Cook’s men last time out.