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New Zealand opener Martin Guptill’s stint on the sidelines continues as he has been ruled out of the one-off Twenty20 International and first two ODIs against South Africa due to a hamstring injury.
Guptill injured his hamstring while training in preparation for the series and it is different to the left hamstring strain that kept him out of the last two ODIs against Australia earlier this month.
Uncapped Auckland wicketkeeper-batsman Glenn Phillips has been called up as Guptill’s replacement in the Twenty20 squad, while Dean Brownlie will continue to fill in for him in ODI side.
Phillips, 20, was the highest run-scorer in the Super Smash, New Zealand’s domestic Twenty20 competition, as he amassed 369 runs, which included a century and three fifties, in 10 matches.
“Glenn was outstanding for Auckland at the top of the order in the McDonald’s Super Smash and proved an extremely exciting player,” New Zealand selector Gavin Larsen said. “He bats with power, has shown he can clear the rope, and gets a deserved opportunity to showcase his skills on the international stage.
“Glenn will play as a specialist batsman only, with Luke [Ronchi] still taking the gloves. Playing in his home city, it will certainly be a big occasion for Glenn.”
Brownlie marked his comeback to ODI cricket with a superb 63 against Australia in the third ODI in Hamilton on February 5. This played a large role in helping New Zealand regain the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy.
“Dean was the logical player to come into the squad following his recent performance against Australia,” Larsen said. “We’ve seen the quality he brings and we’re confident of the job he can do for us.”
The one-off Twenty20 International will be held in Auckland on Friday, while the five-match ODI series begins two days later in Hamilton.