Auckland: New Zealand have named a 14-member squad for the home series against England starting later this month with as many as five quicks jostling for a place in the final XI.
Kyle Jamieson, who last played for New Zealand in England last year on the Test tour, makes a return from back injury in the squad.
The tall fast bowler is one among five quick-bowling options in the squad with skipper Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Matt Henry and Blair Tickner the others.
Ish Sodhi, who had a good tour of Pakistan recently, was also named in the squad with all-rounder Michael Bracewell the other spin-bowling option.
Ajaz Patel and Glenn Phillips, both of whom travelled with the Test team to Pakistan, miss out on selection.
The series starts with a pink-Ball day-night Test at the Bay Oval in Tauranga from February 16 to 20. The second Test is at Wellington’s Cello Basin Reserve from February 24 to 28.
Tim Southee (c), Michael Bracewell, Tom Blundell (wk), Devon Conway, Matt Henry, Kyle Jamieson, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, Henry Nicholls, Ish Sodhi, Blair Tickner, Neil Wagner, Kane Williamson, Will Young.