Wellington - Wicketkeeper Tom Blundell will make his Test debut on Friday for New Zealand against the West Indies in the first test at the Basin Reserve after BJ Watling was ruled out with a hip injury.
The 27-year-old Blundell will play his first Test on the home ground of his Wellington province for which he has scored four first class centuries, averaging 39.44, along with taking 95 catches.
"The chance to play his first Test at his home ground is going to be really special for him," said selector Gavin Larsen.
"Tom's worked hard on his game and we've seen his wicketkeeping in particular really develop over the past 12 months."
Fast bowler Lockie Ferguson has also joined the New Zealand squad as cover for Tim Southee who is awaiting the birth of his first child.
New Zealand Test squad:
Williamson (captain), Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Matt Henry, Tom
Latham, Henry Nicholls, Jeet Raval, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ross
Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling