Queenstown: New Zealand's 3-0 clean sweep of the one-day cricket series against Bangladesh held no sway with the selectors when they named a new-look side for the upcoming two Tests.
Scott Styris, Jamie How, Ross Taylor and Jeetan Patel have all been omitted in an expected shake up after New Zealand were soundly thrashed in their recent two Tests against South Africa.
Matthew Bell, who has been the form batsman in domestic cricket, earns a recall after six years in the wilderness and will open the batting with Craig Cumming.
Matthew Sinclair, called in as cover during the South Africa tour, has been retained for the Bangladesh series.
Styris was the notable casualty when the squad was named, paying the penalty for a form slump that has seen him average 19.8 in 11 innings since his last test hundred against the West Indies in March 2006.
He scored 59 in four innings aginst South Africa.
The 30-year-old Bell, who played the last of his 13 tests in 2001, earned his recall after after averaging 103.88 in the state championship.
"Batting has been a concern in recent seasons so we have selected players who we believe can occupy the crease for long periods," selector Glenn Turner said when announcing the team.
It is a requirement that Bell meets in his current form after batting for more than eight hours to score 188 in one match and spending seven hours at the crease for 265 in another.
"He can bat time once he gets in, he can bat for a day and a half. That was obviously an attraction when one looks at the skills for opening the batting. He's obviously in very good nick at the moment," Turner said.
Leading bowlers Shane Bond and James Franklin remain unavailable through injury, as is Mark Gillespie, leaving Michael Mason and Iain O'Brien vying for the third seamer role behind Chris Martin and Kyle Mills.
The first Test starts in Dunedin on Jan 4.
New Zealand: Daniel Vettori (capt), Brendon McCullum (wk, vice-capt), Craig Cumming, Matthew Bell, Peter Fulton, Stephen Fleming, Matthew Sinclair, Jacob Oram, Kyle Mills, Iain O'Brien, Michael Mason, Chris Martin and Jeetan Patel (second Test only).