Cricket: Ajaz Patel dropped for Blackcaps two test series against Bangladesh, Tom Latham to captain

Ajaz Patel has been dropped by the Blackcaps for their upcoming two-test series against Bangladesh, beginning at Mount Maunganui on New Year's Day.

Patel, 33, became the third bowler in the history of test cricket to take all 10 wickets in an innings, doing so in New Zealand's heavy defeat to India in Mumbai, finishing with figures of 10/119.

But the seam-friendly conditions within New Zealand sees Patel out of the reckoning for the two-test series, with the Blackcaps opting for the pace quintet of Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Kyle Jamieson, Neil Wagner and Matt Henry.

"You do feel for Ajaz after his record-breaking display in India," coach Gary Stead says.

"However, we've always applied a horses-for-courses selection policy and believe the players selected best fit the way we want to take on Bangladesh here at home." 

Patel himself even expressed doubt over his involvement in the Bangladesh series, still yet to even take a test wicket on home soil.

Boult and Henry both return to the test squad after missing the tour of India last month.

Tom Latham will lead the side in place of Kane Williamson, absent due to his recurring elbow injury, while Devon Conway has been named to return to the side, providing he proves his fitness from a broken hand sustained at the Twenty20 World Cup in the UAE.

Conway will likely partner Latham at the top of the order, while Will Young will almost certainly deputise for Williamson at No.3.

Youngster Rachin Ravindra has been included in the squad for a home series for the first time, and will contest the all-rounder spot with Daryl Mitchell, who batted at No.3 in place of Williamson in the Mumbai test.

The first test of the series against Bangladesh begins at Mt Maunganui on January 1, with the second held in Christchurch on January 9.

Blackcaps: Tom Latham (c), Tom Blundell, Trent Boult, Devon Conway, Matt Henry, Kyle Jamieson, Daryl Mitchell, Henry Nicholls, Rachin Ravindra, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, Will Young.