New Zealand are set to miss the services of opener Martin Guptill for at least opening three games of South Africa’s tour after suffering a hamstring injury, officials said on Wednesday.
New Zealand Cricket (NZC) said Guptill strained his hamstring during training and was out of this Friday’s one-off Twenty20 international against the Proteas in Auckland. The explosive opener will also be unavailable for two of the five One-Day Internationals (ODIs).
Rather than including seasoned cricketer Ross Taylor for the T20I, New Zealand have named uncapped 20-year-old Glenn Phillips to replace injured Guptill.
"He bats with power, has shown he can clear the rope, and gets a deserved opportunity to showcase his skills on the international stage," chief selector Gavin Larsen was quoted in a report by AFP.
Meanwhile, Dean Brownlie will replace Guptill in the first two ODIs. Brownlie was considered unlucky to miss out on the ODI squad in the first place after a strong performance against Australia and Larsen said he was the logical replacement for Guptill.
The series starts with a one-off T20I at Eden Park, Auckland on Friday. The T20I will be followed by five ODIs and three Tests.