Phillips gives Black Caps selectors nudge

30 December 2017 20:59:14 GMTPlus10

Glenn Phillips was happy to play a starring role in New Zealand's series-opening T20I victory over West Indies.

Wicketkeeper Phillips produced the outstanding moment of the match in Nelson with a catch to dismiss Chris Gayle.

Phillips had passed the 30-yard circle when he dived forward at full length to complete the take.

"I didn't know where it went to start with," he said afterwards. "I just started running back and then hoped that the two guys either side weren't going to run into me. I just put out the big mitt and hoped that it stuck, and it did.

"When the sky is a bit blue like that, sometimes you don't have anything to gauge it on. But the ball has a shimmer around it, so you just sort of hope you catch it, and thankfully I did today."

The gloveman, playing in just his fourth T20I, went on to take two more catches, including a diving take to his right to claim a thick edge from Rovman Powell.

His form was a boost for the Black Caps, as he stood in for the rested Tom Latham behind the stumps.

With his 40-ball 55 that set New Zealand up for a strong total he may have given selectors a nudge in terms of playing him as a specialist batsman in the limited-over formats.

Phillips was picked in the New Zealand A squad for the tour of India earlier in the year and finished the series as his team's highest run-getter, including a top score of 140 not out.

He said there were areas of his game he had to still work on. "I wouldn't say me playing slowly early on was intentional," he added.

"It was just that I wasn't able to hit a boundary. But my finding ones needs to improve, that is what I want to try and improve at in the nets."

New Zealand are 1.50 to win the second T20I against West Indies, who are 2.62. Glen Phillips is 5.00 to be the Black Caps' top batsman.

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