New Zealand news January 27, 2011

Martin Guptill cherishes new role

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From being dropped for the ODI series in Bangladesh last October, Martin Guptill is now an integral part of the New Zealand team. He opened the innings in all three formats during the ongoing series against Pakistan and, in the last six months, has transitioned from being someone struggling to find a place in the team to a key cog in the set-up.

Guptill began 2010 with 189 against Bangladesh in the Hamilton Test. He made 91 against them in the third ODI in Christchurch but his form fell away after that knock. He scored only 85 runs in the five-match Chappell-Hadlee series and a solitary half-century in the two Tests that followed against Australia. His form slumped further in the tri-nation tournament in Sri Lanka, where he made just 11 runs from three games, which included two ducks. He was dropped for the tour of Bangladesh and was picked in the New Zealand A squad for their trip to Zimbabwe instead.

"It was extremely difficult," Guptill told NZPA. "You feel like everything is running against you, whether it be on or off the field. You beat yourself up inside, trying to get that confidence, and it just doesn't work. You've got to try and stay as confident as possible and hopefully the results come from that. I just went back and had a look at what I was doing well and what I wasn't, and just started doing the little things right."

Guptill had a steady tour of Zimbabwe with the A team and was recalled to the Test squad for the series in India after New Zealand lost the ODIs 4-0 to Bangladesh. He did not play the first Test but got a chance at No. 3 in the second in Hyderabad, where he made 85 in his comeback innings.

"The first week in India I started to get that confidence back," Guptill said. "I think it was after the second training before the first Test, I started seeing the ball well and hitting the ball well, and from there I went to the second Test and got that 85. From there I think I've been on quite a high and hopefully it goes well for another couple of years."

Guptill failed to impress in the third Test against India but made 70 in the second ODI in Jaipur. He was New Zealand's best batsman in the two-Test series against Pakistan at home that followed, making 163 runs at an average of 40.75. Guptill, who batted at No. 3 in the first Test, opened in the second in Wellington. New Zealand coach John Wright was impressed with Guptill's opening qualities and he has now been earmarked as a regular opener in the one-day series as well leading into the World Cup.

"It's what I'm comfortable with, so at the moment I'm happy with where I'm batting, but I'm also happy to bat at No 3. I don't find there's too much [difference]. I'll bat anywhere for New Zealand," he said.

The Guptill-Jesse Ryder combination that was tried in the first ODI against Pakistan in Wellington is likely to be New Zealand's preferred combination for the World Cup. They put on 84 runs off 60 balls.

"The guy's [Ryder] a fantastic talent and hopefully he stays fit over the next couple of years so he can put some big numbers up for New Zealand. I love batting with Jesse. We give each other a bit of stick out there and just try to make batting as fun as we can."

However, Guptill, who signed to play for Derbyshire, will open with Jamie How in the third ODI against Pakistan on Saturday as a result of New Zealand's rotation policy for the series. "It's not really disruptive, there's a good feeling in the camp at the moment. We're just looking forward to getting some good weather and getting on to the park for these last four games, which are vital for us going into the World Cup."

New Zealand lead the six-match series 1-0 after the second ODI in Queenstown was washed out on Wednesday.

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  • POSTED BY asylum99 on | January 28, 2011, 10:26 GMT

    @Elliiot Hornbrook, Astle still holds the fastest test match 200, a feat that even Sehwag hasn't been able to crack and he's tried! Hayden isn't even in the top ten

  • POSTED BY maverick027 on | January 28, 2011, 8:28 GMT

    @Elliot Hornbrook check your stats mate Nathan Astle 200 vs england is still the fastest ever 200 by 15 runs next is Sehwags 200 vs SL was the most pure hitting you will see hitting the ball out of the stadium several times. This nz team is a good 1day unit and has enough young talet to be a top world class side in a few years

  • POSTED BY on | January 28, 2011, 7:24 GMT

    @Elliot Hornbrook Actually you are wrong Astle(153 balls) still holds the record for fastest test 200. Sehwag(168,182,194 Balls) has the next 3 fastest and Matthew Hayden isn't even in the top 10. If you are going to put people down at least get your facts right first.

  • POSTED BY Blackcap68 on | January 28, 2011, 6:55 GMT

    @ Elliot, Astle still holds the record, Hayden isn't even on the list.

  • POSTED BY bondyambassador on | January 28, 2011, 6:35 GMT

    Ryder-Guptill does make for a good opening combo. Guptill plays more the anchor while Ryder blazes away, then a bit of stability before BMAC, ORAM and NATMAC blaze us towards three hundy.

    Long live the Guppy!!

  • POSTED BY on | January 28, 2011, 5:26 GMT

    @Elliot Hornbrook While it is true that Astles 200 was in chch vs eng. Matthew Hayden most certainly does not hold the fastest 200! In fact, he does not even feature in the top ten. Perhaps you are thinking of his 380 vs Zimb where his 300 came off 362 balls, but then was later ECLIPSED by Sehwags by 278 balls.

    Good stats mate!

  • POSTED BY tsingh027 on | January 28, 2011, 4:48 GMT

    I am happy to see that the new opening combination of Ryder and Guptill works well, and Guptill has become good at taking the singles and maintaining a good strike-rate. McCullum keeping adds much more balance to the side, and now that he is keeping it is difficult for him to open the batting as well. But for him to have an 'impact' later on in the innings he should be batting 4 or 5, not 6 or 7. In the bowling department Tim Southee has really stepped up and he is much more consistent than he was 2 years ago. But I still feel that Mills is a better option with his experience instead of Bennet. I do hope to see NZ play better than everyone expects at this 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup.

  • POSTED BY Bradshot on | January 28, 2011, 4:13 GMT

    @http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1045176613. http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/284135.html

  • POSTED BY Iceborn999 on | January 28, 2011, 1:33 GMT

    As long as Tim Macintosh is nowhere to be seen... New Zealand will be competitive...

  • POSTED BY swissjacko on | January 28, 2011, 0:14 GMT

    Elliot Hornbrook - maybe you check your stats. Astle's double century is the fastest. Hayden is not even on the page http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/284135.html sounds like an aussie trying to take a kiwi record

  • POSTED BY asylum99 on | January 28, 2011, 10:26 GMT

    @Elliiot Hornbrook, Astle still holds the fastest test match 200, a feat that even Sehwag hasn't been able to crack and he's tried! Hayden isn't even in the top ten

  • POSTED BY maverick027 on | January 28, 2011, 8:28 GMT

    @Elliot Hornbrook check your stats mate Nathan Astle 200 vs england is still the fastest ever 200 by 15 runs next is Sehwags 200 vs SL was the most pure hitting you will see hitting the ball out of the stadium several times. This nz team is a good 1day unit and has enough young talet to be a top world class side in a few years

  • POSTED BY on | January 28, 2011, 7:24 GMT

    @Elliot Hornbrook Actually you are wrong Astle(153 balls) still holds the record for fastest test 200. Sehwag(168,182,194 Balls) has the next 3 fastest and Matthew Hayden isn't even in the top 10. If you are going to put people down at least get your facts right first.

  • POSTED BY Blackcap68 on | January 28, 2011, 6:55 GMT

    @ Elliot, Astle still holds the record, Hayden isn't even on the list.

  • POSTED BY bondyambassador on | January 28, 2011, 6:35 GMT

    Ryder-Guptill does make for a good opening combo. Guptill plays more the anchor while Ryder blazes away, then a bit of stability before BMAC, ORAM and NATMAC blaze us towards three hundy.

    Long live the Guppy!!

  • POSTED BY on | January 28, 2011, 5:26 GMT

    @Elliot Hornbrook While it is true that Astles 200 was in chch vs eng. Matthew Hayden most certainly does not hold the fastest 200! In fact, he does not even feature in the top ten. Perhaps you are thinking of his 380 vs Zimb where his 300 came off 362 balls, but then was later ECLIPSED by Sehwags by 278 balls.

    Good stats mate!

  • POSTED BY tsingh027 on | January 28, 2011, 4:48 GMT

    I am happy to see that the new opening combination of Ryder and Guptill works well, and Guptill has become good at taking the singles and maintaining a good strike-rate. McCullum keeping adds much more balance to the side, and now that he is keeping it is difficult for him to open the batting as well. But for him to have an 'impact' later on in the innings he should be batting 4 or 5, not 6 or 7. In the bowling department Tim Southee has really stepped up and he is much more consistent than he was 2 years ago. But I still feel that Mills is a better option with his experience instead of Bennet. I do hope to see NZ play better than everyone expects at this 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup.

  • POSTED BY Bradshot on | January 28, 2011, 4:13 GMT

    @http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1045176613. http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/284135.html

  • POSTED BY Iceborn999 on | January 28, 2011, 1:33 GMT

    As long as Tim Macintosh is nowhere to be seen... New Zealand will be competitive...

  • POSTED BY swissjacko on | January 28, 2011, 0:14 GMT

    Elliot Hornbrook - maybe you check your stats. Astle's double century is the fastest. Hayden is not even on the page http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/284135.html sounds like an aussie trying to take a kiwi record

  • POSTED BY on | January 28, 2011, 0:04 GMT

    Actually Elliot Astles 200 is still the fastest in test history, get your stats right mate.

    http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/284135.html

  • POSTED BY slasher on | January 27, 2011, 23:51 GMT

    @afridipak, i would very cautious about predicting a NZ early exit because of sub continent pitches. This was the reason they ensureed they played so much in bangladesh and India in their lead up, although they were diapointing they will take a lot of that, they managment team and advisors behind this team are very clever and will have their plans in place and will be working on what went wrong. They will be competitive come world cup time as they always are

  • POSTED BY bc1992 on | January 27, 2011, 23:45 GMT

    @Eliot Hornbrook, check the stats properly before casting stones. Astle's double century is still the fastest on record in tests, 153 balls. Only Sehwag has come close (168 balls last season against the Sri Lankans at Mumbai), Matt Hayden isnt even on that list! Anyway, I've always been a fan of Guptill, ever since I first saw him in club cricket in Auckland a few years back. Even then he seemed to have more time to play his shots than other batsmen. Give him time and he could fashion a pretty handy overall record. @Rydham, ever hear of a bloke called Mark Richardson? I wouldnt call him great by any stretch, but he certainly qualifies in my book as steady. It was a shame he didnt get more opportunities in ODIs, he could have played a Bruce Edgar type role quite well.

  • POSTED BY sanlag on | January 27, 2011, 23:39 GMT

    http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/284135.html

    Astle does still hold the record for fastest 200... best innings I've ever seen

  • POSTED BY amdtelrunya on | January 27, 2011, 23:34 GMT

    Actually facebooker, you should get your facts straight. Astle still holds that particular record from Sehwag by about 15 balls. Astle took the record from Gilchrist I believe.

  • POSTED BY thatsgold on | January 27, 2011, 23:26 GMT

    @Elliot, astle still holds the record for fastest 200 in tests, not hayden

  • POSTED BY on | January 27, 2011, 22:50 GMT

    @mob_king, Astles 200 was against england in chch. Plus about a month later Matthew Hayden eclipsed the fastest ever 200. Good stats mate

  • POSTED BY Afridipak on | January 27, 2011, 17:03 GMT

    I think NZ Will not go very far in The WC they Will be out in The first round because they have a very poor record in sub continent pitches

  • POSTED BY Mob_King on | January 27, 2011, 15:57 GMT

    @SamRoy -- please don't be so pedantic about the use of the word great. Yes, I have also read Rob Steen's recent article about why Kallis is great.

    NZ has a tiny amount of cricket resources and what's great is that we can even perform at this level. As for great NZ batsmen, W. Akram has said that M. Crowe was the best batsman he bowled against (a list which also includes S. Tendulkar among others). Nathan Astle was also a true match-winner, with the fastest Test double century by a huge margin. Even Virender Sehwag dreams of batting like Astle did vs. India in Christchurch that day.

  • POSTED BY Omarrz on | January 27, 2011, 14:59 GMT

    Even Pakistan has not tried that many opening combinations...

  • POSTED BY fareeduetian12 on | January 27, 2011, 14:10 GMT

    lols@ buppi and agreed hahahahha

  • POSTED BY SamRoy on | January 27, 2011, 12:12 GMT

    @Rydham I don't want to berate you but tell me which great batsman has come from NZ? Compared to the real greats of batting Glenn Turner and Martin Crowe were just world class, not GREAT. Ryder and especially Williamson have the potential to become a great batsman. For example, the really great batsman from WI: George Headley, Weekes, Walcott, Worrell, Sobers, Viv and Lara (note that I did not include Kanhai, Kallicharran and Greenidge among the really great batsman from WI).

  • POSTED BY VforV on | January 27, 2011, 11:41 GMT

    Rydham,pls. reconsider your statement it is Pakistan which has not produced a single good steady opening pair since the exit of Saeed Anwar, i am afraid Pak cricket will not take back step as Pak Hockey team which once upon a time used to be a great side

  • POSTED BY on | January 27, 2011, 11:09 GMT

    NZ must open with Ryder And Brendon, no one else.. Guptill can b no 3

  • POSTED BY Rydham on | January 27, 2011, 10:45 GMT

    New Zealand is perhaps the lone country where they did not produce a single great or even a good steady oipening batsman since the exit of Astle !! NZ always rotates the opening players too much or they have to becuase of lack of batting depth in their openers. Even Fleming and Astle were, so many times, not a full time openers. I wonder and sometimes feel funny about this condition of NZ !!! Every time we hear the same thing (As of this article) about new guy and soon after his failure at top we find a different combination, too !!

  • POSTED BY thatsgold on | January 27, 2011, 10:31 GMT

    i've always thought guptill is our most talented batsmen, the way he drives the ball....pure as. anyone remember the 5th chappell/hadlee game at the gabba, guptill made 60 odd not out of only 30 balls, hitting it everywhere. probably a bit biased here but i reckon he's the best fielder in the world to. keep it up bro!

  • POSTED BY msankar on | January 27, 2011, 10:20 GMT

    yes... its mandatory to adopt quickly in the current modern cricket world.... I don't know whether its good for the cricketer or cricket..... But what to do.... change is the only constant

  • POSTED BY anver777 on | January 27, 2011, 10:17 GMT

    in WC 1996 SL's "Master Blaster" Sanath & "Little" Kalu created history by scoring rapidly in the initial overs .......will Guptill-Ryder combination can repeat that for NZ in 2011 WC !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY siruskharel on | January 27, 2011, 9:55 GMT

    M.Guptil n J.Ryder both a gud 4 opening........i'm worried abt J.How,he's nt gud player.........in asain's pitch.....

  • POSTED BY Buppi33 on | January 27, 2011, 9:14 GMT

    Yeah, we know, a batsman can play anywhere, whether he will score runs ? thats what matters the most? heheheheh

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  • POSTED BY Buppi33 on | January 27, 2011, 9:14 GMT

    Yeah, we know, a batsman can play anywhere, whether he will score runs ? thats what matters the most? heheheheh

  • POSTED BY siruskharel on | January 27, 2011, 9:55 GMT

    M.Guptil n J.Ryder both a gud 4 opening........i'm worried abt J.How,he's nt gud player.........in asain's pitch.....

  • POSTED BY anver777 on | January 27, 2011, 10:17 GMT

    in WC 1996 SL's "Master Blaster" Sanath & "Little" Kalu created history by scoring rapidly in the initial overs .......will Guptill-Ryder combination can repeat that for NZ in 2011 WC !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY msankar on | January 27, 2011, 10:20 GMT

    yes... its mandatory to adopt quickly in the current modern cricket world.... I don't know whether its good for the cricketer or cricket..... But what to do.... change is the only constant

  • POSTED BY thatsgold on | January 27, 2011, 10:31 GMT

    i've always thought guptill is our most talented batsmen, the way he drives the ball....pure as. anyone remember the 5th chappell/hadlee game at the gabba, guptill made 60 odd not out of only 30 balls, hitting it everywhere. probably a bit biased here but i reckon he's the best fielder in the world to. keep it up bro!

  • POSTED BY Rydham on | January 27, 2011, 10:45 GMT

    New Zealand is perhaps the lone country where they did not produce a single great or even a good steady oipening batsman since the exit of Astle !! NZ always rotates the opening players too much or they have to becuase of lack of batting depth in their openers. Even Fleming and Astle were, so many times, not a full time openers. I wonder and sometimes feel funny about this condition of NZ !!! Every time we hear the same thing (As of this article) about new guy and soon after his failure at top we find a different combination, too !!

  • POSTED BY on | January 27, 2011, 11:09 GMT

    NZ must open with Ryder And Brendon, no one else.. Guptill can b no 3

  • POSTED BY VforV on | January 27, 2011, 11:41 GMT

    Rydham,pls. reconsider your statement it is Pakistan which has not produced a single good steady opening pair since the exit of Saeed Anwar, i am afraid Pak cricket will not take back step as Pak Hockey team which once upon a time used to be a great side

  • POSTED BY SamRoy on | January 27, 2011, 12:12 GMT

    @Rydham I don't want to berate you but tell me which great batsman has come from NZ? Compared to the real greats of batting Glenn Turner and Martin Crowe were just world class, not GREAT. Ryder and especially Williamson have the potential to become a great batsman. For example, the really great batsman from WI: George Headley, Weekes, Walcott, Worrell, Sobers, Viv and Lara (note that I did not include Kanhai, Kallicharran and Greenidge among the really great batsman from WI).

  • POSTED BY fareeduetian12 on | January 27, 2011, 14:10 GMT

    lols@ buppi and agreed hahahahha