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

Guptill savours 'special' innings

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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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  • saishenoy on June 3, 2013, 5:25 GMT

    That was an absolute beaut of an innings by Guptill. He is one of my favorite cricketers of the current bunch. I admire his uncomplicated way of batting (much like viru) as well as his unassuming demeanor both on and off the field. Also glad that Taylor (in both the odis), MacBren and Williamson(in the 2nd ODI) have regained their form. If Luke Ronchi can summon his domestic big hitting prowess, with the great fast bowling lineup and Dan the man waiting in the wings, the Black Caps are definitely one of the favorites for the Champions Trophy.

  • on June 2, 2013, 21:38 GMT

    A mixture of poor bowling from England but a very good innings from Guptil. He showed common sense in constructing a long ODI inings.Guptil looks more at home in limited overs cricket as he is not playing for time and his natural game is attacking. The england batting line up looks weak without pietersen. Bell still continues to make england fans pull their hair out as Bell produces a top shot and then next ball gets out to a poor shot. Morgan is in bad form and needs to go back to county cricket and get some form under his belt. Butler doesnt look comfortable batting in this format. Woakes looks better with the bat but his bowling isnt good enough as a 5th bowler.England need to consider someone like Peter Trego who offers more with the ball than woakes and who can clear the ropes. Consistency in selection but with the 5th bowler in the ODI team they need to look a little outside the box. James Foster should be keeper,peter Trego in for Woakes and 4 specialist bowlers.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!!

  • on June 2, 2013, 22:25 GMT

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

  • saishenoy on June 3, 2013, 5:25 GMT

    That was an absolute beaut of an innings by Guptill. He is one of my favorite cricketers of the current bunch. I admire his uncomplicated way of batting (much like viru) as well as his unassuming demeanor both on and off the field. Also glad that Taylor (in both the odis), MacBren and Williamson(in the 2nd ODI) have regained their form. If Luke Ronchi can summon his domestic big hitting prowess, with the great fast bowling lineup and Dan the man waiting in the wings, the Black Caps are definitely one of the favorites for the Champions Trophy.

  • on June 2, 2013, 21:38 GMT

    A mixture of poor bowling from England but a very good innings from Guptil. He showed common sense in constructing a long ODI inings.Guptil looks more at home in limited overs cricket as he is not playing for time and his natural game is attacking. The england batting line up looks weak without pietersen. Bell still continues to make england fans pull their hair out as Bell produces a top shot and then next ball gets out to a poor shot. Morgan is in bad form and needs to go back to county cricket and get some form under his belt. Butler doesnt look comfortable batting in this format. Woakes looks better with the bat but his bowling isnt good enough as a 5th bowler.England need to consider someone like Peter Trego who offers more with the ball than woakes and who can clear the ropes. Consistency in selection but with the 5th bowler in the ODI team they need to look a little outside the box. James Foster should be keeper,peter Trego in for Woakes and 4 specialist bowlers.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!!

  • on June 2, 2013, 22:25 GMT

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

  • 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 !

  • corzaNZ on June 2, 2013, 21:41 GMT

    Give credit to Guptill and NZ. everything i read on this match is all about England and how poor they were. NZ still had to capitalize on that and play well themselves. suck it up English fans you lost

  • Jadejafan on June 2, 2013, 20:24 GMT

    Poor bowling from England and on a very super flat wicket :)

  • Jadejafan on June 2, 2013, 20:24 GMT

    Poor bowling from England and on a very super flat wicket :)

  • corzaNZ on June 2, 2013, 21:41 GMT

    Give credit to Guptill and NZ. everything i read on this match is all about England and how poor they were. NZ still had to capitalize on that and play well themselves. suck it up English fans you lost

  • 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 !

  • on June 2, 2013, 22:25 GMT

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

  • 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!!

  • on June 3, 2013, 0:23 GMT

    Good batting by New Zealand on a flat track.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.