New Zealand Cricket today announced a 15-man Test squad for the upcoming tour of India.
There are no surprises as Ross Taylor remains captain as the Black Caps come off a winless couple of weeks in the Caribbean.
"The tour of India will be a great challenge and experience for this squad" said National Selection Manager, Kim Littlejohn.
"Unfortunately Daniel Vettori won't recover in time for the Test series but his injury has created and opportunity for Jeetan Patel to come back into the side. Jeetan has been in great from for Warwickshire and deserves his opportunity.
"James Franklin has been brought into the squad to bolster the batting. He brings a lot of experience and knowledge of playing in Indian conditions which will be invaluable.
"Dean Brownlie misses out on selection. We continue to see him as player of the future but at this stage we feel he needs to works on parts of his game. There's no doubt he will work hard to regain selection."
The first Test is at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad on 23 August 2012.
Full Squad - Ross Taylor (c) - Central Stags , Trent Boult - Northern Knights, Doug Bracewell - Central Stags, Daniel Flynn - Northern Knights, James Franklin - Wellington Firebirds, Martin Guptill - Auckland Aces, Chris Martin - Auckland Aces, Brendon McCullum - Otago Volts, Tarun Nethula - Central Stags, Jeetan Patel - Wellington Firebirds, Tim Southee - Northern Knights, Kruger van Wyk - Central Stags, Neil Wagner - Otago Volts, BJ Watling - Northern Knights, Kane Williamson - Northern Knights.