Cricket Australia posted a video clip that showed similarities between them both the cricketers.
Apart from Kane Williamson, top-order batsman Henry Nicholls and spinner Mitchell Santner are also suffering from illness.
Phillips was in excellent touch in the game and went on to smash 156 runs.
He pushed for Anton Devcich's inclusion who is doing well in the T20 leagues across the world.
Liton Das has joined the Tallawahs' squad.
Who will replace Tom Latham, Matt Henry and Henry Nicholls the trio that is on national duty?
Auckland Aces will start as favourites against the Otago Volts despite missing some big names.
Northern Knights are expected to start 2019 on a winning note with a squad that covers all bases with proper replacement players.
Auckland Aces could delay Canterbury Kings’ hopes of opening their points account for a few more days.
Auckland Aces are expected to get off the mark straightaway by handing the Central Stags their first defeat.