Guptill confident of successful Test debut

March 16th, 2009 - 7:04 pm ICT by IANS  

Hamilton, March 16 (IANS) New Zealand batsman Martin Guptill is confident of making a mark on his international debut in the first cricket Test against India here Wednesday.
Guptill smashed an unbeaten 57 from 50 deliveries in the final One-day International(ODI) to help New Zealand to an eight wicket that prevented a 4-0 whitewash of the Kiwis by the visiting Indians.

“I’m feeling pretty confident, I’m looking forward to the challenge,” Guptill was quoted as saying in the New Zealand Herald.

“I’ve faced all the bowlers, I know what they can do.”

Guptill, considered a limited overs specialist, was straight into his work against the Indians, cracking 64 at Napier in the first ODI and eventually tallied 147 runs for the series at 49.00.

Guptill has fashioned a modest average of 28.67 from 19 first class matches, though his highest score of 148 was collected against Otago in December.

The 22-year-old has subsequently batted at first or second drop against Australia and India but returns to his favoured opening position in the Test series.

“I don’t think my four-day record is much to go by. But I’m seeing the ball and striking it clean.”

“It’s going to be great opening with Tim (McIntosh). We have got a pretty good understanding by batting together.”

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