Glenn Phillips: The South Africa Born New Zealand Cricketer

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Who is Glenn Phillips?

Glenn Phillips is a wicket-keeper batsman who is known for playing a very aggressive style of cricket. Born in 1996, Glenn Phillips made his international debut for New Zealand when he was just 20. Glenn Phillips already holds an impressive domestic record. His younger brother, Dale Phillips is also a talented cricketer and played for New Zealand in the 2018 U-19 World Cup. Some fans have hailed Glenn Phillips as the next Brendon McCullum and Glen Phillips certainly has the potential to be as dynamic a player as McCullum.

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Glenn Phillips in the 2016 U-19 World Cup

The right-handed batsman played for New Zealand’s U-19 team in the 2016 U-19 World Cup. He played all six matches for his side and managed 180 runs. This came at an average of thirty, with a high score of 89. However, the most impressive aspect of Glenn Phillips’ run in the 2016 U-19 World Cup was the fact that he scored his runs at a strike rate of over 117. To put this into context, no player, who scored over 125 runs, had a higher strike rate. Indeed, the player with the next highest strike rate was Gidron Pope, from the West Indies, who went at a rate of 107. This shows just how aggressive a batsman Glenn Phillips is.

Glen Phillips: Records

Despite making his domestic debuts at such a young age, Phillips already holds one impressive record. He became the first New Zealander, in domestic cricket, to score centuries in all three formats in one season. In fact, only one other Kiwi cricketer, Hamish Marshall, has scored centuries in all three formats domestically. This is a staggering feat and one which may take a while to replicate.

Glenn Phillips: New Zealand Cricketer

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The wicket-keeper made his T20I debut in February of 2017, against South Africa. He only managed five on debut, before he nicked off to Chris Morris. As a result, Glenn Phillips had to wait until November to play his next T20I for New Zealand. A mediocre series against India left his spot in doubt, but the selectors persevered with him for their series against the West Indies. Phillips finally found some form, hitting 56 (40) while batting at three. His innings included four fours and two sixes and was the top scorer for New Zealand. However, after this one stellar innings, Glenn endured some more lean form and at the end of that season, his next highest score was just 10. He was duly dropped, but the youngster displayed promising signs in his innings against the West Indies.

Glenn Phillips: Caribbean Premier League

The Jamaica Tallawahs secured the services of the right-handed Kiwi ahead of the 2018 Caribbean Premier League. At the age of just 21, Glenn is the second youngest player in the Jamaica Tallawahs squad. However, the Jamaica Tallawahs clearly had huge faith in Glenn Phillips as they put him straight into their starting XI. After two mediocre games, Phillips announced his talent with a sublime 58 (40) against the St. Lucia Stars. Glenn Phillips was opening the batting and set-up a six-wicket for the Jamaica Tallawahs. This was just an indication of how destructive a player he can be.

Glenn Phillips: The 2020 T20 World Cup

If Glenn Phillips continues to learn and develop his game, there is a decent chance that he may be involved in the 2020 T20 World Cup for New Zealand. Glenn Phillips seems to be considered a T20 specialist by the New Zealand management and they have already shown a lot of faith in him. Also, the fact that Glenn Phillips has played in the Caribbean Premier League will give him exposure to different types of bowling and will give him an edge over other Kiwi batsmen. The current New Zealand keeper is the experienced Luke Ronchi. However, since both of them are talented batsmen, New Zealand have the option of playing them both as specialist batsmen in the 2020 T20 World Cup.

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