Seifert handed Black Caps chance

08 February 2018 21:05:56 GMTPlus11

New Zealand have changed wicketkeeper again for the tri-series clash with England, with Tim Seifert handed the gloves.

It means the 23-year-old will be the Black Caps' third different gloveman in four T20 internationals.

Seifert won the nod after blasting a New Zealand domestic T20 record 40-ball century for Northern Knights against Auckland in December and comes into the middle order for Tuesday's game in Wellington for his international debut.

Wanganui-born Seifert was part of New Zealand's squad for the 2014 ICC Under-19 World Cup but hasn't played a senior game in any format for the Black Caps.

Selectors axed Glenn Phillips, who'd been the star of last year's domestic T20 competition, after the defeat to Pakistan at Eden Park last month.

They then turned to two-Test keeper Tom Blundell, who got two matches before Seifert received the call.

Selector Gavin Larsen said: "You could throw a blanket over those guys in terms of their wicketkeeping. We're very impressed with all the keepers and there's some serious challengers across the three formats.

"Glenn got the first opportunity and, like Tom Bruce, didn't quite produce the output we needed. Then it was someone who could do the job best at six or seven. Tom Blundell has done nothing wrong and this was a tough call, but we just want some more power through the whole order."

Auckland's Mark Chapman has also been summoned to power up the batting, having finished fourth on the T20 Super Smash run charts with 307 runs at a strike rate of 172.

Chapman, who is likely to bat at No.4 at Westpac Stadium, has previously played T20s and one-day internationals for Hong Kong.

New Zealand are 3.00 to win the tri-series, which also features Australia, while the Black Caps are 1.83 to reach the final.

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