New Zealand has named veteran batsman –Ross Taylor and Tom Blundell as a replacement for injured Colin Munro and released Glenn Phillips for the upcoming series decider of the three-match Twenty20 International series against Pakistan, starting tomorrow at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui.
Munro misses out the decider with a hamstring injury, while Wicketkeeper Phillips has been released from the squad to play in the domestic 50-over competition due to a shortage of runs.
According to a report in Sport Star Live, Black Caps selector Gavin Larsen said, "Colin picked up a minor injury during the match at Eden Park and, with a busy schedule coming up, we want to make sure he gets it right before getting back on the field.”
Larsen further added, “We'll assess Colin ahead of Monday when we announce the squad to go to Australia and, at this stage, we are optimistic he'll be available. It's a luxury to be able to bring someone of Ross's experience into the squad as his replacement.”
Meanwhile, Head coach Mike Hesson said of Phillips' exclusion, “After discussion with Glenn, we felt he'd benefit from going back and continuing to evolve his game with Auckland.”
Hesson signed off by saying, “Glenn has a big future, but at this point in time we both think continuing to get experience on the domestic scene is the right move.”