Blackcaps recall Tom Blundell after dropping Glenn Phillips

The Auckland wicket-keeper has struggled against Pakistan, scoring just five runs.
The Auckland wicket-keeper has struggled against Pakistan, scoring just five runs. Photo credit: Getty Images

Wellington wicket-keeper Tom Blundell has been called into the Blackcaps Twenty20 squad for the series decider against Pakistan on Sunday.

Blundell returns for Glenn Phillips, who has been dropped from the squad and will return to Auckland's Ford Trophy squad.

The 21-year-old featured in the first two T20s and has only managed to score five runs.

Blackcaps coach Mike Hesson said Phillips needs some time to develop his game and playing in the Ford Trophy will help him do that.

"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."

The Blackcaps play the third and final T20 against Pakistan at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui.

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