India vs New Zealand: Struggling Martin Guptill gets the nod over Jeet Raval

AFP, Sep, 06 2016
India vs New Zealand: Struggling Martin Guptill gets the nod over Jeet Raval

New Zealand selectors kept faith with out-of form opener Martin Guptill Tuesday, naming him in a 15-man squad for a three-Test tour of India.

Guptill failed with the bat in two Tests against South Africa last month, reinforcing the impression he struggles in the five-day game, despite his limited overs talents.

File photo of Martin Guptill. Reuters

He averages 43.25 in one-dayers but just 29.59 in Tests and can expect a torrid time against world number two India.

In retaining the 29-year-old, New Zealand have rejected the chance to blood Jeet Raval, who is familiar with Indian conditions after playing his youth cricket there.

The other notable feature of the squad was a recall for allrounder Jimmy Neesham after an injury-enforced absence from international cricket.

"Jimmy has put in a lot of work to make sure he is physically ready for a return to Test cricket," selector Gavin Larsen said.

"Having two pace bowling allrounders in Jimmy and Doug Bracewell helps the balance of the squad, particularly if playing on pitches which demand a spin-heavy bowling attack."

Larsen said India's home record was formidable but the Black Caps were looking for a historic series win.

"We're yet to win a Test series over there and that’s motivating for everyone," he said. "We’ve got three Tests to try create a special piece of history."

New Zealand will play Tests in Kanpur, Kolkata and Indore, followed by a five-match one-day series against India.

New Zealand squad: Kane Williamson (capt), Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Mark Craig, Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Jimmy Neesham, Henry Nicholls, Luke Ronchi, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling

Published Date: Sep 06, 2016 | Updated Date: Sep 06, 2016


Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3925 123
2 South Africa 3050 117
3 Australia 3087 100
4 England 3362 99
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4579 114
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115