New Zealand put Martin Guptill on standby for England Test

WION Web Team New Zealand Mar 20, 2018, 05.19 AM(IST)

A file photo of Martin Guptill. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

New Zealand power hitter Martin Guptill might get another chance to play in the first Test match against England this week if Ross Taylor remains unfit.

Martin Guptill has a remarkable record when it comes limited over format, especially One-Day Internationals (ODIs), averaging 42.99 but his Test records are comparatively poor.

He has yet to prove himself in the longer format, where his figures drop to 29.38.

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New Zealand coach Mike Hesson Radio Sport, "Martin's made a shift to the middle order."

"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 Thursday, is a day-night fixture at Eden Park, the first pink-ball Test ever staged in New Zealand.