WATCH: Glenn Phillips Creates History, Achieved This Unique Feat After 16 Years As a Kiwi Cricketer

In a spectacular display against Australia in Wellington, New Zealand’s cricketer Glenn Phillips delivered a standout performance, attaining his career-best Test figures. Phillips etched his name in history as the first Kiwi spinner to claim a five-wicket haul on home turf in 16 years.

Glenn Phillips’ batting performance played a crucial role in partially saving New Zealand from embarrassment during the first innings when Australia bowled out the hosts for 179, securing a 204-run lead. Joining the crease with the score at 29 for five, Phillips displayed remarkable fortitude, scoring a quick 71 off 70 balls, adorned with 13 boundaries.

As Australia resumed from their overnight score of 13 for two, Glenn Phillips took the field as the fifth bowler for the Kiwis on day three. Phillips outsmarted opener Usman Khawaja, getting him stumped on 28, and went on to dismantle the middle-order with his bowling prowess.

Phillips showcased his bowling prowess by dismissing Travis Head for 28 and securing a golden duck for Mitchell Marsh on the next delivery. Continuing his impactful spell, he also claimed the wicket of wicketkeeper Alex Carey for 3. Phillips achieved a milestone by sending first-innings centurion Cameron Green (34) back to the pavilion, caught at short-leg.

The last two New Zealand spinners to achieve a five-wicket haul at home were off-spinner Jeetan Patel and the legendary Daniel Vettori. They accomplished this feat against West Indies in December 2008.

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