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Guptill sidelined again by hamstring

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 14/02/2017

Auckland wicketkeeper-batsman Glenn Phillips is in line for an international debut against South Africa after New Zealand opener Martin Guptill suffered his latest hamstring setback.

Guptill has been ruled out of the one-off Twenty20 international in Auckland on Friday and the first two matches in the five-leg one-day international series.

The matchwinning 30-year-old suffered the injury at training this week.

It is a right hamstring strain and unrelated to the left hamstring issue which forced him to miss most of the summer's ODI and T20 series against Bangladesh. He also played just the first ODI against Australia this month before aggravating the leg muscle.

His place in the T20 squad is taken by the hard-hitting Phillips while Dean Brownlie is recalled for the first two ODIs in Hamilton and Christchurch.

Black Caps selector Gavin Larsen says 20-year-old Phillips earned selection on the weight of his domestic form.

Batting as an opener, he was the leading run-scorer in the domestic T20 and maintained a high strike rate.

"Glenn proved an extremely exciting player," 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."

Larsen said Phillips would be selected as a specialist batsman only, with Luke Ronchi confirmed as the team's wicketkeeper.

The experienced Brownlie impressed when replacing Guptill in the series-deciding third ODI against Australia in Hamilton, scoring 63.

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