England v New Zealand, 2nd NatWest ODI, Ageas Bowl June 2, 2013

Guptill savours 'special' innings


Martin Guptill was savouring the "special" feeling of becoming New Zealand's highest scorer in a one-day international after scorching his way to an unbeaten 189 at the Ageas Bowl - his second hundred in three days - and is looking forward to getting in touch with the man whose record he broke.

Guptill often played alongside Lou Vincent, who scored 172 against Zimbabwe in 2005, and is planning on contacting his former team-mate to talk him through how his landmark was taken.

"It's a pretty special feeling," Guptill said. "I played a lot of cricket with Lou so I'll have to give him a bit of stick later on tonight. It's not been the worst few days. I'm pretty happy with the way I'm batting and long may it continue."

His back-to-back hundreds mark a triumphant return to the one-day side following the hamstring injury which curtailed his series against England in New Zealand, although he still managed to produce a matchwinning performance in Hamilton to steer his team to victory. "I'd had a bit of a lean patch before I got injured so to be able to come back and score back-to-back hundreds is pretty special," he said.

"I think it was the batsmanship through the middle stages I found the most impressive," he said. "Martin's batsmanship the other day at Lord's was great but I think today it went up a notch. We all know about his striking ability so when you put the two aspects together it's probably as a good an innings as you'll see for New Zealand."

Alastair Cook was also gracious in his assessment of the display that condemned his team to their first home one-day series loss under his captaincy. "It was a very special innings. He made us pay," Cook said. "What was impressive is that he always managed to find the right option at the right time so if we did build a couple of dots he'd always get the release with a four without taking too big a risk."

Despite wrapping up the series with a game to spare, McCullum was not giving any thoughts to using the final match, at Trent Bridge on Wednesday, as a glorified net session ahead of the Champions Trophy. New Zealand were 2-0 up in South Africa earlier this before seeing the home side steal a one-wicket in the final game and does not want a repeat. "Three-nil would be as good as it gets," he said. "So we'll be doing whatever we can to continue the momentum we have."

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • anilkp on June 3, 2013, 14:08 GMT

    Here, the policy of selectorial faith has found another evidence of fruitfulness. In his early years, I always wondered why Guptill is being picked despite sub-standard performances. NZ are a cricket community that is known for its chop-and-change policy, and, with not too many successes, the selectors were probably right. After a little while, I thought that this guy has some steel within, and should be persisted with. I was glad to see that NZC did not lose faith in him. And it paid princely well. Two back-to-back tons against the mighty Poms on their turf is not a fluke. With a small population, NZ is at statistical disadventage to produce many match-winners, and they cannot afford to chop-and-change. I wish they persist with Hamish; I wish Kane pays back the faith sooner than later.

  • Erebus26 on June 3, 2013, 12:51 GMT

    This is something Martin Guptill will cherish and, without being disrespectful to previous record holders Glenn Turner and Lou Vincent, it came against a decent side. I'm pleased for him because he once again reminded people that he's still a very good player. he has an uncomplicated technique but is pretty stylish at the same time. If he takes this form into the Champions Trophy then NZ have a very good chance of upsetting the more fancied sides because we've seen the confidence NZ have displayed when they've had a decent start up top.

  • pt_pt on June 3, 2013, 7:14 GMT

    Well done NZ, have moved to 7th on ICC rankings for ODIs, are above the WI. Need to keep wining now, so no rest in the final match of the series.

  • dummy4fb on June 3, 2013, 1:48 GMT

    It was magnificent batting by Guptill. He out-Sehwagged Sehwag! It's a pity he couldn't go on and make a double hundred. Godspeed to the young man!

  • Sinhaya on June 3, 2013, 0:48 GMT

    Congratulations Guptill as it was a real treat to watch you bat. I am so glad to see you excel after your pretty poor run in the test matches. Hopefully you start performing in tests as well. No doubt you were the cornerstone behind both NZ's ODI wins so far this tour and hopefully you all can make it 3-0.

  • dummy4fb on June 3, 2013, 0:23 GMT

    Good batting by New Zealand on a flat track.

  • NostroGustro on June 2, 2013, 22:29 GMT

    Rather than castigate another pointless post from a rude fan, I'm going to concentrate on Martin's awesome innings. Yes, one chance when on 13 but otherwise a faultless innings. His running between the wickets was a highlight. He could turn a good dot ball into an easy single to relieve the pressure. And also blast a boundary when the bowling got short or wide. He also carried on to plunder a big score, rather than get out after registering the ton. Hats off Marty!! Fabulous knock ol' boy!!

  • dummy4fb on June 2, 2013, 22:25 GMT

    yet they cudnt score against no 8 side, thats looks bad

  • dummy4fb on June 2, 2013, 22:13 GMT

    NZ have to follow this up with another commanding perfoamnce. Cmon Blackcaps don't have a holiday in the final ODI. The ICC Cup is coming up and you need a roll on. I expect to see the same thing in the third. Cmon win the series 3-0 !