Guptill on standby for England Test

2018-03-20 07:42
Martin Guptill (AFP)

Wellington - New Zealand will give big-hitting batsman Martin Guptill another chance if Ross Taylor is unfit for the first Test against England this week, coach Mike Hesson said on Tuesday. 

Guptill has excelled as a one-day opener for New Zealand, averaging 42.99, but is yet to prove himself in the longer format, where his figures drop to 29.38. 

Hesson said he would slot into the middle order if Taylor fails to recover from a thigh injury picked up during the recent ODI series against England. 

"Martin's made a shift to the middle order," Hesson told Radio Sport. 

"He hasn't had a lot of opportunity there, but with his ability to cover all positions it's nice to have him back." 

The opening Test of the two-match series, which starts on Thursday, is a day-night fixture at Eden Park, the first pink-ball Test ever staged in New Zealand.

Read more on:    black caps  |  martin guptill  |  cricket

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

The 12-month ban handed down to Steve Smith and David Warner and the 9-month sanction for Cameron Bancroft for their ball-tampering roles, is ...

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.