Corey Anderson and Glenn Phillips added to New Zealand T20I squad

Virat Kohli and Corey Anderson hold a window © BCCI

Allrounder Corey Anderson and wicketkeeper-batsman Glenn Phillips have joined the New Zealand T20I squad for the series against Pakistan.

The pair is currently part of the New Zealand A team in the United Arab Emirates and will play the remaining two games of a day against Pakistan A before joining the main team.

Positions in the New Zealand squad had been left vacant when it was initially announced in order to fill the roles depending on the performances for side A.

Phillips, who has played eight T20Is, has his chance after the injury ruled out Martin Guptill outside the series. He scored two half centuries in the T20 series against Pakistan last week.

Anderson's call means he is approaching his first international appearance since last year's Champions Trophy had to recover from more back problems. He recently confirmed that he will focus exclusively on white-ball cricket in an attempt to be selected for next year's World Cup and is beginning to increase his bowling workload with 8.3 in the first game of a day against Pakistan A.

Anderson impressed Somerset during his spell on the T20 Blast earlier this year, scoring 514 runs, though his returns to New Zealand A in the T20 and the first day against Pakistan have been less prolific 16, 0, 22 and 38

"Obviously, it's been a long way back and after surgery there were long and tedious days," Anderson said. "But for this is rehabilitation and being chosen again is a great feeling.

"It's the first time I've played about 10 laps in about three years and I play wood, everything went well, it's nice to play bowling again, without feeling pain and doing everything again."

New Zealand coach Gavin Larsen said: "Corey and Glenn are in good shape and have performed well in local conditions over the past few weeks, obviously they bring a lot of firepower, but their versatility will also give the team the desired "balance.

"Although Martin Guptill was ruled out, we decided to name only two instead of three additional players, leading the team to 13. We are confident that, with the Ace on the ground, we have adequate coverage."

Additions to the New Zealand ODI squad will be confirmed after the conclusion of the Pakistan A series on Friday.

Meanwhile, the Central Stags Ranger, Dane Cleaver, was called to the New Zealand A squad as a cover for Tom Blundell, who suffered a groin injury. Blundell is part of the test team of the series against Pakistan in November and is expected to recover in time for the second first-class match against Pakistan A.

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