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Leg-spinner Todd Astle will resume his stop-start Test career after replacing Ajaz Patel for a spot in New Zealand's 13-man squad to face Bangladesh in the upcoming Test series.

Astle was the only change in the squad that defeated Sri Lanka 1-0 in December to claim a fourth consecutive Test series win for New Zealand.

Selector Gavin Larsen admitted it was "a tough call" to drop Patel, who was outstanding against Pakistan in the UAE.

"It's great though to have Todd fit again and we're keen to see what his wrist-spin can offer in New Zealand conditions, and he'll also bolster the batting," he said.

Astle made his Test debut against Sri Lanka in 2012 but since then has played only two more, most recently against England in March last year.

The first of three Tests begins in Hamilton on February 28.

New Zealand Test squad

Kane Williamson (capt), Tom Latham, Jeet Raval, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling, Colin de Grandhomme, Todd Astle, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult, Matt Henry, Will Young