A groin injury has ruled paceman Trent Boult out of the third test against South Africa, starting in Hamilton tomorrow, meaning Scott Kuggeleijn has been called in as one of the only pace options available in the country.
With Tim Southee also missing, it leaves New Zealand's bowling stocks badly depleted.
Boult felt pain during the first Test against South Africa which resulted in him sitting out the second Test at the Basin Reserve to try and be fit for tomorrow's finale.
But Black Caps selector Gavin Larsen says while Boult has worked hard to make himself available, it was clear he needed further recovery time before getting back on the park.
"While he has made good progress, after training yesterday we spoke with medical staff and it was agreed that Trent required a little further time to be ready for the demands of Test cricket," Larsen said.
Kuggeleijn has been called into the squad as cover following his availability for selection opening up again after being acquitted of a rape charge last month.
"Scott will come in as cover having consistently finished as one of the top wicket-takers in the Plunket Shield in recent seasons," Larsen said.
"Not having Trent or Tim available tests the depth of our squad, but we're confident of the job that Neil and Matt can do for us."
Lockie Ferguson was unavailable after suffering an injury in the Plunket Shield earlier this week.
The final Test between the Black Caps and South Africa begins tomorrow at 11am at Seddon Park in Hamilton.
South Africa currently lead the three-match series 1-0.