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New Zealand pace bowler Doug Bracewell has been recalled to the Test team for the upcoming series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates next month.
Bracewell has not represented New Zealand since October last year due to numerous injuries and off-field controversies.
It has also been announced that opening batsman Peter Fulton has been dropped from the squad, while fellow opener Hamish Rutherford retains his place despite not being awarded a central contract for the 2014-15 season.
“Doug had a very good NZ A tour and we just think that in the heat in the UAE his experience and resilience in those conditions will be important,” New Zealand head coach Mike Hesson said. “Likewise Hamish demonstrated a lot of positives on that England tour. His balance was back and with that came his confidence.”
Since the pitches in the United Arab Emirates are spin-friendly, the spin duo of Ish Sodhi and Mark Craig will play a crucial role throughout the Test series.
Hesson also revealed that he was extremely impressed by Craig’s performance in the West Indies earlier this year. Craig picked up 12 wickets at an average of 40.83, but took eight of those wickets on debut in the first Test in Jamaica.
“Mark had an outstanding first series in spin-friendly conditions and really stepped up to the level required in Test cricket,” Hesson said. “Now the challenge for him is to deliver on his second tour when the opposition will know more about him.
“Pakistan is an incredibly tough team to play in conditions favourable to them. Our record against Pakistan is actually the worst against any of the Test playing nations, having won just two out of 19 series, both home and away.”
New Zealand Test squad: Hamish Rutherford, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Brendon McCullum (capt), Corey Anderson, BJ Watling, Luke Ronchi, James Neesham, Mark Craig, Tim Southee, Doug Bracewell, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult, Ish Sodhi