Northern Districts stalwart Graeme Aldridge returns to Plunket Shield cricket for ND's second-round clash against Auckland at Eden Park on Saturday.

Aldridge, who played the opening HRV Cup game, has now satisfactorily recovered from ankle surgery in the winter, to be able to bowl long spells.

With Daniel Flynn joining the New Zealand side for the upcoming test series against Sri Lanka, Aldridge takes his place in the only change to the side that drew with Otago this week.

Northern Districts: Brad Wilson (captain), Graeme Aldridge, Corey Anderson, Brent Arnel, James Baker, Anton Devcich, Tony Goodin, James Marshall, Daryl Mitchell, Ish Sodhi, Adam Wheater, Joseph Yovich