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The Uncapped Auckland Batsman Jeet Raval Was Named In New Zealand's Squad For Their Test Tours Of Zimbabwe And South Africa.

There was also a recall for legspinner ish sodhi, but all-rounder corey anderson missed out because of a back injury he picked up at the world t20 in india.

Raval jumped ahead of hamish rutherford in the pecking order after he averaged 55.71 in last year's plunket shield. He is the third opener in the squad, behind tom latham and martin guptill.

The middle-order batting position created by the retirement of brendon mccullum will be filled by ross taylor's return after he missed the australia series in february due to injury.

New zealand test squad are: kane williamson captain, trent boult, doug bracewell, mark craig, martin guptill, matt henry, tom latham, henry nicholls, luke ronchi, jeet raval, mitchell santner, ish sodhi, tim southee, ross taylor, neil wagner and bj watling.

The squad will depart on july 11 for an eight-day training camp in johannesburg before heading to harare where the first test begins on july 29.

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