Duo return ahead of first Test

Jamie How and Chris Martin have been recalled to the BLACKCAPS squad ahead of the first Test match of The National Bank Series against the West Indies at Eden Park.

Martin and How join vice-captain Daniel Vettori, who missed the fifth and final One Day International in Auckland, in the 13-man squad.

How, Peter Fulton and Jeetan Patel could all make Test debuts in the match, which comes 50 years to the day after the BLACKCAPS’ first-ever Test victory, against the same opposition at the same ground.

The squad retains most of the players who helped the BLACKCAPS to their 4-1 One-Day series win.

Two players will be omitted on the morning of the first Test and return to their provincial teams ahead of the sixth round of State Championship games, which start on March 11.

BLACKCAPS: Stephen Fleming (captain), Jamie How, Hamish Marshall, Peter Fulton, Nathan Astle, Scott Styris, Brendon McCullum, James Franklin, Kyle Mills, Daniel Vettori, Jeetan Patel, Shane Bond, Chris Martin.

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