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Rutherford, who has played 16 Tests, four ODIs and seven T20s, will join the squad on Thursday, head coach Gary Stead confirmed. @ AFP

New Zealand batsman Hamish Rutherford may get to play his first game in over four years after he was summoned to replace the injured Martin Guptill for the third and final Twenty20 International against Sri Lanka.

Rutherford, who last played last played for New Zealand in a Test against Sri Lanka in January 2015, currently with Worcestershire, will be a like for like replacement for Guptill, who suffered an abdominal strain while fielding and didn’t open the batting in the second T20I.

According to a statement by BlackCaps on Wednesday, Guptill will return home to New Zealand for further assessment.

READ: Colin de Grandhomme, Tom Bruce help New Zealand seal series 2-0

Meanwhile, Tom Bruce, who scored a half-century in the second match, is also in doubt for the third match after tweaking his right knee.

Rutherford, who has played 16 Tests, four ODIs and seven T20s, will join the squad on Thursday, head coach Gary Stead confirmed. Senior batsman Ross Taylor (left hip) has been deemed fit and available for the final T20.

New Zealand sealed the three-match series 2-0 on Tuesday courtesy Colin de Grandhomme and Bruce’s century partnership.