New Zealand have added allrounder Corey Anderson and wicketkeeper-batsman Glenn Phillips to their squad for the upcoming three-match T20I series against Pakistan.
New Zealand had already announced the squad but had named only 11 players. They had decided to fill the vacant places on the basis of the players performance for New Zealand A against Pakistan A in UAE. And Anderson and Phillips made the cut. Both the players are likely to play the remaining two one day games against Pakistan A before joining the squad.
Phillips ended the three-match T20 series against Pakistan A as the highest run-scorer, scoring 126 runs. Prior to his latest performance, he had impressed in the Caribbean Premier League. The keeper-batsman had finished the tournament as the second highest run-getter with 457 runs.
On the other hand, Anderson struggled with both bat and ball against Pakistan A. The allrounder has so far scored 16, 0, 22 and 38 in three T20Is and one one-dayer. But interestingly, he made it to the squad.
The call means Anderson will finally make his international return since playing against Bangladesh in the Champions Trophy last year. He underwent a back surgery last year which sidelined him for a lengthy period. His form then only made things tougher for him. The hard-hitting allrounder managed just 17 runs and 3 wickets for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL.
But he had a good outing for Somerset in England, scoring 514 runs.
New Zealand selector Gavin Larsen said:
“Corey and Glenn are in good form and have performed well in the local conditions over the past couple of weeks. They obviously bring plenty of firepower, but their versatility will also give the squad the desired balance.
New Zealand will take on Pakistan in UEA in a full-fledged series. The series consists off three T20Is, three ODIs and a couple of Tests.
New Zealand squad:
Kane Williamson (c), Corey Anderson, Mark Chapman, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, Glenn Phillips, Tim Seifert, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Seth Rance