The New Zealand cricket team is touring South Africa. This is a very long tour and it seems that the visiting team is already at an uneasy position. Martin Guptill, one of the most dependable batsmen in the New Zealand team seems to be in trouble. The batsman, who is having a good season, seems likely to miss out the first three outings with the team.
Martin Guptill Ruled Out Of Three Matches Due To Hamstring
Martin Guptill is detected with a strained hamstring and is likely to miss the first three outings of the team. The three outings will include the only T-20 match that is to be played between the two teams and the first two ODI of the five-match series. Martin Guptill had developed the hamstring injury, during a practice session.
However, with the exclusion of the well-known batsman from the team, the selection of Glenn Phillips instead of experienced Ross Taylor was a shock for many. While Ross Taylor is a common name to any cricket lover, Glenn Phillips is an uncapped player for the men in black. Talking about the same, Gavin Larsen, the chief selector of the New Zealand team says that Glenn Philips bat with power. He says that the player has the power to clear the fence and has played good cricket and deserved the place in the squad.
While Phillips will play for the New Zealand team in the T-20 internationals, Dean Brownlie will play as a replacement of Martin Guptill in the first two ODI outings against the Proteas. This was almost an obvious choice for the selectors, as Dean Brownlie was considered unlucky in the first place, for having missed a spot in the national squad.
The only T-20 between the two teams in this series is supposed to be played on Friday, 17th of February, while the first two ODI matches will be played on 19th and 22nd of the month. The two teams will play 5 ODI and will also face each other in two tests.