New Zealand added off-spinner William Somerville into its Test squad in place of Todd Astle for the three-match Test series against Pakistan on Thursday.
Somerville will likely make his debut in the first Test in Abu Dhabi on November 16. Astle, who had injured his right knee, will return home to be examined by a specialist.
“We’ve been keeping a close eye on Will and like the look of his all-round game and skill-set. He bowls with good control and variation, while his added height means he gets that extra bit of bounce. He's also a handy batsman down the order, as he showed with his half-century in the most recent round of the Ford Trophy,” selector Gavin Larsen said.