Tom Blundell

Blundell replaces Phillips for deciding T20I

NZ v Pak, 3rd T20I, squad news

Black Caps announce wicket-keeper change.

Wellington wicketkeeper Tom Blundell has been drafted into the New Zealand squad ahead of the decider against Pakistan on Sunday. 

Blundell comes in for Glenn Phillips, who Black Caps coach Mike Hesson said would return to play in the Ford Trophy. The 21-year-old has made scores of 3 and 5 in the two T20Is so far.

“After discussion with Glenn, we felt he’d benefit from going back and continuing to evolve his game with Auckland,” said Hesson. 

“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.  

“Tom’s ability to slot into the middle-order made him the right choice to come into the squad. 

"Looking beyond Sunday’s game, we have a top three who are very set, so it’s important Tom can come into that middle-order and do a role for us.”

Twenty-seven-year-old Blundell was called up to the Test team for the first time this summer, making 107* on debut against West Indies in Wellington.

New Zealand lost for the first time all summer in the second T20I against Pakistan in Auckland on Thursday, as Sarfraz Ahmed's team won by 48 runs.

The third and final T20 will take place in Mount Maunganui on Sunday.

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