No changes for Black Caps

  • Last Updated: January 26 2014, 8:37 GMT

New Zealand have named an unchanged squad for the two-match Test series against India which begins on February 6.

Jesse Ryder: In squad as cover
Jesse Ryder: In squad as cover

The 12 players selected are the same group that won the second and third Tests against the West Indies in December while Jesse Ryder will also be part of the group as cover for Ross Taylor whose second child is due to be born during the series.

"We were thrilled the way we played to beat the West Indies 2-0, but realise we'll have to step it up another gear when playing India," head coach Mike Hesson told

"It's an exciting challenge and we look forward to giving it our all."

National selection general manager Bruce Edgar added: "We've been really pleased with how this group of players has performed and they've been rewarded with consistent selection.

"There's a lot of talented players in the wings, with the likes of Hamish Bennett, Jimmy Neesham, Tom Latham, Martin Guptill and Jesse Ryder all pushing hard to be involved. That brings out the best in players, and poses some hard questions for Mike and I.

"We've made a lot of progress in the Test format recently and the two matches against India will be another chance to continue that development. India are a class side and will give us a good gauge of where the team is at."

New Zealand squad to face India: McCullum (c), Anderson, Boult, Bracewell, Fulton, Rutherford, Sodhi, Southee, Taylor, Wagner, Watling, Williamson, Ryder (reserve).

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