Having failed to make big runs in the recently concluded Test series against India, the position of Martin Guptill in the New Zealand’s Test squad has come under the scanner with coach Mike Hesson openly admitting that a review of Guptill’s performance will be done shortly.
The last couple of months has been a very tough time for the New Zealand opener, who always had reasons to debate on his position in the team. In the recently concluded series against India, the right-handed batsman has managed to score only one fifty in three tests. Though he was successful in spoiling India’s plan of targeting his weak zone through an incoming delivery, he, like most of his other teammates was trapped against spin.
With a disastrous series against India, New Zealand will now look to bounce back in the upcoming two-match Test series against Pakistan at home. Hence, the New Zealand cricket board is determined to select the best team to bring back the lost glory. And for this to happen, it is very likely that Martin Guptill may lose his place in the test squad.
When asked about Martin’s position in the team, Coach and selector Mike Hesson said “Yes, we have to admit it. Time has come for us to take a tough call. We have to review the performance of each and every player before deciding on the squad for the Pakistan series. When the going is tough, you have to make some tough decisions”.
“It is important for us to note that the conditions in the upcoming test series against Pakistan will be close to South Africa than India. It will be a different team again. We have to discuss a lot with the selection committee before taking a final call”, he added.
The series against Pakistan will be important for New Zealand as it hasn’t won a single test series against a high-profile team in 2016. The two-match test series between Pakistan and New Zealand will kickstart from November 17, 2016.