Australia vs New Zealand: kiwis fly in Glenn Phillips to Sydney as a cover for the sick duo
SYDNEY: with doubts about Kane Williamson & Henry Nicholls ' participation due to illness in the third & final Test against Australia , New Zealand they have made an eleventh hour call to the coverless hitter Glenn Phillips for the game that starts on Friday.
"Auckland Aces batsman Glenn Phillips is flying to Sydney this evening as batting cover for tomorrow's third Test against Australia at the SCG, as Kane Williamson & Henry Nicholls continue to battle viral infections," New Zealand Cricket Confirmed in your official Twitter ID.
Skipper Williamson & Nicholls were too unwell to train on Wednesday & Thursday, while spinner Mitchell Santner - who was facing the axe regardless, after an ineffectual start to the series - has also fallen ill.
Según stuff.co.nz, la salud de Nicholls es peor que la de Williamson, & se espera que el patrón lidere a su equipo en la prueba SCG a menos que su condición empeore notablemente.
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"We've obviously got a few balls up in the air at the moment & we want to be on the safe side & have options," New Zealand head coach Gary Stead said.
"Glenn has been in terrific form this season & has good versatility with where he can bat & the roles he can play.
"We're still hopeful Henry & Kane will pull through & we will give them every chance to prove their fitness.
"If one or both are ruled out, then we will consider our options & most importantly how they balance the side for this final Test," he added.
And thus, Phillips, who has played 11 T20s for New Zealand , has made a last-minute flight across the Tasman as cover for the ill batting duo. In 23 first-class matches, he averages 42.54, including four centuries.
Jeet Raval, who was eliminated after the Perth Test, is the only backup batter left in the squad, hence the Phillips call.
New Zealand have already lost the three-match series, suffering defeats by 296 & 247 runs in the first two Tests, respectively.