Guptill hoping to end tour on high

Published: Monday 22nd June 2015 by The News Editor

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New Zealand batsman Martin Guptill is hoping to end a memorable tour of England on a high at Emirates Old Trafford on Tuesday.

The Black Caps have been on thrilling form since touching down, going blow for blow with their hosts to draw the Test series 1-1 before helping England shatter scoring records in a one-day series the tourists lost 3-2.

The fun ends in Manchester with a solitary Twenty20 and Guptill wants to finish in the same buccaneering fashion.

“The cricket both teams have played has been about excitement and confidence so I don’t see there being any change on Tuesday night,” he said.

“It’s been an amazing tour. I had a chat with Steven Finn after the last game and we both said what an amazing series it was,” he said.

“It’s a pretty amazing one-day series we just played in and unfortunately we came out on the wrong side but the guys are still pretty confident and we’ll be up for the game.

“The surfaces have been pretty good for batsmen so far so let’s hope there’s plenty of runs in this one too.

“Hopefully we can end the tour on a high and leave with a smile on our faces.”

As well as the dynamic approach from both sides, the early international summer has been characterised by the positive spirit the games have been played in.

England’s recent Ashes contests have been notable for a more aggressive edge, while Australia were roundly criticised for their sledging in the World Cup final against the Kiwis.

Guptill was wary about getting involved in a debate over Australian conduct, but predicted another tough scrap for the urn in the coming weeks.

“It’s just the way they are. We can’t do a lot about them, can we?” said Guptill when quizzed about Australia’s on-field conduct.

“The respect between both sides (England and New Zealand) has been right up there and that shouldn’t change.

“I guess each individual is going to find their own way of coping with getting through an Ashes series. Having not played in one it looks pretty tough from just watching.

“Each individual has to come up with a way to get through it. It’s going to be a great series, I’m looking forward to it.”

Published: Monday 22nd June 2015 by The News Editor

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