Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of the first Test between New Zealand and Windies. He will be eager to make an impression against the touring Windies side.
Southee is unavailable for the clash in Wellington due to the birth of his child.
New Zealand had also added George Worker to their ranks once Southee's unavailability was confirmed, although Worker does not find a place in the XI.
"They a developing side, but in fact they are most probably more advanced than that".
Worker, who has played six limited-overs matches for his country, replaces paceman Tim Southee.
Ambris impressed in Windies' warm-up game against New Zealand A, scoring 153 and putting on 155 with Hope's brother Shai (110) for the sixth wicket in the visitors' first innings - opener Kraigg Brathwaite then retiring out on 88 in their second.
"That second test in England was very historic for us".
"He's been playing well for a long time and hasn't had the opportunities that he's deserved".
A series victory over Zimbabwe followed and it now faces two Tests against the Black Caps with captain Holder keen to maintain the momentum.
Every day he walked passed the Basin Reserve on his way to Wellington College dreaming of playing test cricket there.
The 27-year-old Blundell, meanwhile, was included after Watling failed to recover in time from a hip injury.
Jason Holder hopes his team can use that extensive test play to their advantage but "I wouldn't sit here and say we're in a much better position than New Zealand".