February 14, 2017 / 11:50 PM / 6 months ago

Guptill to miss start of South Africa series with hamstring strain

Cricket - New Zealand v Pakistan - World Twenty20 cricket tournament - Mohali, India, 22/03/2016. New Zealand's Martin Guptill walks off the field after his dismissal.Adnan Abidi Picture Supplied by Action Images

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand will be without Martin Guptill for the one-off Twenty20 international against South Africa and the start of the one-day series as he recovers from another hamstring strain.

Guptill injured his right hamstring during training, a separate injury to the one on his left leg that ruled the opening batsman out of the Bangladesh T20 series in January and one-day matches against Australia earlier this month.

Auckland wicketkeeper-batsman Glenn Phillips will make his international debut as Guptill's replacement for Friday's T20 match at Eden Park, the team said on Wednesday.

Dean Brownlie takes Guptill's place in the ODI squad for the first two fixtures of the five-game series.

Selector Gavin Larsen said the 20-year-old Phillips earned his selection on the strength of his domestic form.

"Glenn was outstanding for Auckland at the top of the order ... and proved an extremely exciting player," he said in a media release.

"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 Ronchi still taking the gloves. Playing in his home city, it will certainly be a big occasion for Glenn."

Reporting by Ian Ransom in Melbourne; Editing by Greg Stutchbury

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