Wellington: New Zealand have added experienced batsman Martin Guptill to their 13-man squad for the first Test against England in Auckland, a day-nighter which starts on Thursday.
With Ross Taylor battling a thigh injury sustained during the ODI series against the touring side, Guptill`s inclusion will give New Zealand an extra option across the batting order.
"We opted for extra batting cover for that final spot; and with Martin having been playing in the middle-order recently, he can cover a number of positions for us," selector Gavin Larsen said in a statement from New Zealand Cricket.
"Ross is progressing nicely and is expected to take full part in training tomorrow (Tuesday). The team is looking forward to what will be a special match beginning on Thursday."
The first match in the two-Test series at the Eden Park will be the maiden day-nighter in New Zealand.