New Zealand captain Kane Williamson, Batsman Henry Nicholls in doubt for Sydney Test

New Zealand have added Glenn Phillips as a cover after illness disturbed team’s camp.

Kiwi captain Kane Williamson and middle order batsman Henry Nicholls might miss the Sydney Test against Australia, which starts from Friday, after illness hit the New Zealand camp. They have named Glenn Phillips in the squad.

Phillips has played 23 first-class matches where he averages over 42 with four centuries to his name. Jeet Raval, who was dropped after poor show with bat, was the lonely spare batsman in the squad before Phillips’ entry in the team.

“We’ve obviously got a few balls up in the air at the moment and we want to be on the safe side and have options,” Gary Stead, New Zealand coach, said. “Glenn has been in terrific form this season and has good versatility with where he can bat and the roles he can play.

“He’s been around the T20 team for the past couple of years so should feel comfortable in the environment. We’re still hopeful Henry and Kane will pull through and we will give them every chance to prove their fitness. If one or both are ruled out then we will consider our options and most importantly how they balance the side for this final Test.”

Just one day before the third Test against Australia, Williamson and Nicholls have missed a second day of training in-a-row. Fast bowler Matt Henry will most probably replace the injured pacer Trent Boult and Mitchell Santner will make way for spinner Will Somerville.

Meanwhile New Zealand are 0-2 down in a three-match Test series against Aussies in Australia.


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