[caption id="attachment_664351" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/henry.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-664351" alt="Matt Henry has 22 wickets from 8 Tests Getty Images" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/henry.jpg" width="628" height="355" /></a> Matt Henry has 22 wickets from 8 Tests Getty Images[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/matt-henry" target="_blank">Matt Henry</a> was confirmed Thursday as <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/new-zealand" target="_blank">New Zealand's</a> replacement for Tim Southee on the eve of the first Test against the West Indies in Wellington. Captain <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/kane-williamson" target="_blank">Kane Williamson</a> confirmed the 25-year-old was preferred over Lockie Ferguson when he named the New Zealand line-up for the Test starting at the Basin Reserve on Friday. <p></p> <p></p>Although Ferguson took seven wickets for New Zealand A against the West Indies earlier this week, Williamson said Henry, who has 22 wickets at 48.50 from his eight Tests, had been playing well for a long time. <p></p> <p></p>"He probably hasn't had the opportunities he's deserved and now is a great opportunity for him," Williamson said. "He's a different bowler to Lockie but has been bowling with good pace and does tend to move the ball well." <p></p> <p></p>While the Basin Reserve wicket continued to show a distinctly green hue on Thursday, Williamson described it as "really good" and said it would suit bowlers and batsmen over the five days. <p></p> <p></p>"As the days develop and the pitch ages it does become a good batting surface. There's always bounce for all bowlers so spinners get a bit out of it, seamers get a bit out of it. And as batters there's always value for your shots because there's a fast outfield and good pace in the surface." <p></p> <p></p>Henry joins a three-pronged pace attack with Trent Boult and Neil Wagner. Regular bowling spearhead Southee is sitting out the Test while waiting for the birth of his second child. <p></p> <p></p>[link-to-post url="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/west-indies-eye-ending-22-year-new-zealand-drought-target-kane-williamson-ross-taylor-664233"] <p></p> <p></p>The rest of the New Zealand line-up was predictable with wicketkeeper Tom Blundell making his debut in place of the injured BJ Watling. <p></p> <p></p><b>New Zealand XI:</b> Kane Williamson (c), Tom Latham, Jeet Raval, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, Tom Blundell (wk), Mitchell Santner, Colin de Grandhomme, Matt Henry, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult.