Martin Guptill Selected for Test Squad

Martin Guptill the New Zealand ODI opener finally gets his call to become a part of the New Zealand test squad again. He played his last test match against England in 2013. He will be a part of the test team on the forthcoming series against England.

Alongside Guptill fast bowler Matt Henry has also received a test call. All-rounder Mitchell Santner will be making his debut in the ODI and T20 formats. This inclusion has given strength to the bowling and batting unit of the Kiwis.

Guptill has played 31 tests in his career and the last one in which he appeared was against England at Headingley in 2013. Guptill scored 1 and 3 in the two innings and later was axed from the playing eleven due to poor form.

Mike Hesson has shown confidence on Guptill as he thinks that the best thing about Guptill’s batting is that we have the luxury to place him at any number of our choice. He can bat on any number and that would definitely give us room to make new plans according to the situation.

He will be playing the two warm up games before the first test so in them he will get plenty of batting practice. The first test would start on 21 may at Lords.

This is the best possible combination that we have announced but that doesn’t mean that the other contenders will not get a chance. Every player will be given a fair chance to prove his talent.

Guptill has been inspirational for us in the past few months and I don’t see any reason that he should be left alone in the longer version of the game. He is excellent in the shorter version and thus gives us the choice to enroll him in the longer version as well.

Matt Henry’s induction came as a result of James Neesham’s Injury. Hesson praised the efforts of the young fast bowler.

He has been remarkable in the ODI and I think he has the maturity and confidence to play in the longer version of the game.

Adam Milne has been included in the squads for the limited overs play. He faced a knee injury two days before the semi final against the South Africa in the world cup.

Santner has been included in the side for some brilliant performances with both with the bat and ball in the last domestic season. He scored 326 runs with an average of 36.22 and took 11 wickets with an average of 36.09 and economy rate 4.98.

Few of the New Zealand players will miss the warm up matches due to their commitments with their franchises in the IPL but will be available for the rest of the matches.

The firs tell will start on 21 may at Lords and the second will be played at Headingley on 29 May. The five match ODI series will start on 9 June and the only T20 match will be played on 23 June at Old Trafford.

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