Martin Guptill

NZ stick by Guptill for India series

Opener retained for three-Test tour while allrounder Jimmy Neesham returns from injury

New Zealand selectors have kept the faith with out of form opener Martin Guptill, naming him in a 15-man squad for a three-Test tour of India.

Guptill failed with the bat in two Tests against South Africa last month, posting scores of 7, 8 and 0, further widening the gap between his Test output and his performances in One-Day Internationals.

The right-hander averages 43.25 in one-dayers but just 29.59 in 44 Tests, including one half-century from 10 innings this year, and can expect a torrid time against world number two India.

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In retaining the 29-year-old, New Zealand have rejected the chance to blood Indian born Jeet Raval, who is familiar with the subcontinental conditions after playing his youth cricket there.

The other notable feature of the squad was a recall for allrounder Jimmy Neesham after an injury-enforced absence from international cricket.

"Jimmy has put in a lot of work to make sure he is physically ready for a return to Test cricket," selector Gavin Larsen said.

"Having two pace bowling allrounders in Jimmy and Doug Bracewell helps the balance of the squad, particularly if playing on pitches which demand a spin-heavy bowling attack."

Larsen said India's home record was formidable but the Black Caps were looking for a historic series win.

"We're yet to win a Test series over there and that’s motivating for everyone," he said. "We’ve got three Tests to try create a special piece of history."

New Zealand will play Tests in Kanpur, Kolkata and Indore from September 22 followed by a five-match one-day series against India.

New Zealand squad: Kane Williamson (c), Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Mark Craig, Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Jimmy Neesham, Henry Nicholls, Luke Ronchi, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling

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