Martin Guptill injured his hamstring and is rested from the T20 International and the first two ODIs against South Africa. The player strained his right hamstring while training for the upcoming series. As reported by New Zealand Cricket, the injury was fresh and was different from the left hamstring injury, which he suffered earlier. He was dropped from Chappell-Hadlee tournament for the previous trouble.
Selector Gavin Larsen accoladed Guptill as an outstanding player. He said Guptill proved in McDonald Super Smash that he is an “extremely exciting player.” He further added that the batsman can bat with power and has shown that “he can clear the rope.” He also pressed on that the player should get the opportunity he deserves on international stage.
In the current series, Maxwell is replaced by wicketkeeper batsman Glenn Phillips for the T20 series. In ODI, Dean Brownlie replaced him. Per Gavin, Phillips has been displaying a consistent performance in domestic cricket. He is just 20 years old and topped the score charts in the recent Super Smash. The player tallied 369 playing 10 matches in the country’s domestic tournament.
Phillips attained a strike rate of 143.02 and plundered a century and three half centuries in the tournament. He the next T20, the player will assist Luke Ronchi in keeping apart from batting as a specialist batsman. The selector said Glenn will play as a specialist batsman. He said it would be a good opportunity for the cricketer as the match is in his hometown.
Guptill’s ODI replacement Brownlie also played in Chappell-Hadlee matches where the batsman was absent. The player debuted international match in 2014. In the first match, the he knocked a half century with 63. He came out as the winning player of the match, which New Zealand won by 24 runs. Gavin said Brownlie was a logical player and is confident on his stance as a dependable player.
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