Against South Africa , Martin Guptill has been ruled out of the one-off T20 international and the first two ODIs due to a hamstring niggle. Auckland wicketkeeper-batsman Glenn Phillips has been named Guptill’s replacement for the T20I, while Dean Brownlie will take his place in the ODI squad.
He faced injury while training for the upcoming series, New Zealand Cricket said, and the injury was different from the left hamstring strain that had kept him out of the last two ODIs of the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy earlier this month.
“Glenn was outstanding for Auckland at the top of the order in the McDonald’s Super Smash and 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.
“Glenn will play as a specialist batsman only, with Luke still taking the gloves,” Larsen added. “Playing in his home city, it will certainly be a big occasion for Glenn.”