New Zealand vs South Africa: Martin Guptill's Test recall difficult despite heroic 180, says Black Caps coach

New Zealand batsman Martin Guptill's record-breaking performance in a one-day international against South Africa is not enough to secure him a Test recall, Black Caps coach Mike Hesson said on Thursday.

AFP, Mar, 02 2017

Wellington: New Zealand batsman Martin Guptill's record-breaking performance in a one-day international against South Africa is not enough to secure him a Test recall, Black Caps coach Mike Hesson said on Thursday.

Guptill smashed an unbeaten 180 off 138 balls as the Black Caps beat South Africa by seven wickets in Hamilton on Wednesday, the highest-ever score by a New Zealander against the Proteas.

It was also New Zealand's third-highest individual ODI score overall, bettered only by Guptill's own 189 against England in 2013 and his 237 against the West Indies in 2015.

Martin Guptill made a fine comeback after injury by slamming his third 180-plus score in the format. Getty Images

Martin Guptill made a fine comeback after injury by slamming his third 180-plus score in the format. Getty Images

Hesson acknowledged Guptill's knock was "exceptional" but said the 30-year-old had already been tried at Test level and found wanting.

He said Guptill would not feature in New Zealand's squad for the three-Test squad against South Africa beginning in Dunedin next Wednesday.

"He's not in the Test side, I think you've probably got to look at Martin's record at the moment and make that decision," Hesson told Radio New Zealand.

"There's plenty of examples around the world of players who have been extremely good at one format and not the other, hence there's three different formats."

Guptill averages 43.98 in one-dayers but only 29.38 in Tests.

The discrepancy has become even more stark recently, with the batsman averaging almost 60 in one-dayers over the past two years while his Test returns were stuck on 28.93.

He was dropped from the Test squad after last year's tour of India, where he managed only one half-century in six innings.

Hesson said Guptill may have a chance to revive his Test career as a middle-order batsman, rather than an opener, but he would have to prove himself in domestic cricket first.

"We've decided the middle order's the place for him to push his case," he said.

Guptill said he would do whatever was needed to play red-ball cricket again.

"I'll bat wherever, it doesn't matter if it's at 11," he told Radio Sport.

Guptill's 180 helped New Zealand level the ODI series at 2-2, setting up a winner-takes-all clash in the fifth and final match at Auckland's Eden Park on Saturday.

Published Date: Mar 02, 2017 | Updated Date: Mar 02, 2017



Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4497 105
4 New Zealand 3114 97
5 Australia 3294 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 5266 117
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