SYDNEY - Chief selector Rod Marsh said Friday it was not the time for "wild experimentation" after opting against including any debutants in the Test squad to face New Zealand, despite a number of retirements.

Selectors decided not to pick 22-year-old batsman Cameron Bancroft for his debut, preferring Joe Burns to open the innings with vice-captain David Warner in Brisbane next week, the start of a three-Test series.

Usman Khawaja was also recalled and is likely to bat at number three after more than two years out of the national team. The 12-man squad, the first under new captain Steve Smith, contains six players with less than 10 Test caps following the retirements of an influential group of senior players earlier this year.

Australia are rebuilding after the departures of skipper Michael Clarke, Shane Watson, Chris Rogers, Brad Haddin and Ryan Harris. "What we tried to do was pick the best side," Marsh told reporters in Adelaide.

SQUAD: David Warner, Joe Burns, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith (capt), Adam Voges, Mitchell Marsh, Peter Nevill, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood, Peter Siddle.