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Martin Guptill ruled out of initial part of South Africa series

Martin Guptill ruled out of initial part of South Africa series
Guptill sustained the injury to his left leg while training in the nets for the upcoming series.
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New Zealand's opening batsman Martin Guptill has been ruled out of the early part of South Africa series due to a hamstring injury.

The 30-year-old right-hander will miss the only Twenty20 match to be played at Eden Park on 17th and the following two One-Day international matches at Seddon Park and Hagley Oval.

Guptill sustained the injury to his left leg while training in the nets for the upcoming series.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Glenn Phillips who has been outstanding for Auckland Aces has been called in as a cover for Guptill for the line T20 while Dean Brownlie takes Guptill’s place in the ODI squad for the first two 50-over matches.

New Zealand Selector Gavin Larsen believes Phillips deserves the opportunity to prove himself on the international stage in front of home supporters in Auckland.

“Glenn was outstanding for Auckland at the top of the order in the McDonald’s Super Smash and proved an extremely exciting player,” said Larsen.

“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. Playing in his home city, it will certainly be a big occasion for Glenn.”

“Dean was the logical player to come into the squad following his recent performance against Australia.

“We’ve seen the quality he brings and we’re confident of the job he can do for us.”

Brownlie while opening made a handy 63 at Hamilton against Australia in the recently concluded Chappell-Hadlee series to help his side clinch the series 2-0.

“Dean was the logical player to come into the squad following his recent performance against Australia.

“We’ve seen the quality he brings and we’re confident of the job he can do for us.”

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