Ross Taylor to face England
England will come up against deposed New Zealand captain Ross Taylor as they prepare for next month's international series against the Black Caps.
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The 28-year-old has not played for his country since being controversially replaced as skipper by Brendon McCullum in December, following the tour of Sri Lanka.
But he has been named in the squad for a New Zealand XI to play England in two Twenty20 games on February 4 and 6 before the tour begins in earnest. England and New Zealand will contest three games each in the T20, one-day international and Test formats.
National selection manager Kim Littlejohn told Cricinfo: "Obviously it's great to have Ross back in the mix and really we're excited about seeing him play again.
"He's a proven world-class batsman and this will provide him with a great chance to get some cricket under his belt following his break."
Luke Ronchi is another notable inclusion. The New Zealand-born wicketkeeper has played international cricket for Australia but has now completed a four-year residency period to allow him to represent the country of his birth.
"We're pleased to have Luke Ronchi available as well and after a great HRV Cup we look forward to watching him continue to make an impact," Littlejohn said.
"It's a very strong New Zealand XI and we expect them to be competitive opponents.
"We're confident all of the players in the squad will relish the chance to play against England, with the matches a great opportunity for them to push for higher honours."