New Zealand cricket January 9, 2009

Guptill gets his chance at No 3

Two months ago the idea of making his New Zealand debut against the West Indies would not have entered Martin Guptill's head, writes David Leggat in the New Zealand Herald .

Two months ago the idea of making his New Zealand debut against the West Indies would not have entered Martin Guptill's head, writes David Leggat in the New Zealand Herald.

Suffering a potentially career-threatening injury can do that to sporting ambitions. At the end of October the tall, lean Auckland batsman dislocated his right knee batting in a practice match at Whangarei. Gone until New Year was the early prognosis of a painful injury. But, in medical talk, he 'rehabbed' remarkably well, regained his fine touch of last summer and yesterday was confirmed as one of two debutants in the side to play the West Indies at Eden Park in the fourth ODI tomorrow.

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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