Martin Guptill’s Return a Relief for Team Mates
Saturday’s performance has not perturbed Mike Hesson, head coach of New Zealand cricket team. After all, there will be a sense of relief with Martin Guptill being named for the fourth and fifth one-day international matches against South Africa. New Zealand needs to win these matches in order to claim the series title.
Opener Guptill’s comeback will be a huge boost for his team and it will be a sort of pre-Champions Trophy experimentation. The fourth ODI in Hamilton can present a different New Zealand team. Hesson wants to strike the best balance for the team before the Champions Trophy. Like the South African team, he wants to juggle his team and remain open for any laying conditions.
He is concerned about the lack of form of JP Duminy as he has not scored 50 in last seven ODI innings and yet to score a 100 against top eight opponents in his ODI career. If he scores some runs in the next two matches then the question of replacing his from the squad would be out of question.
It is expected that South Africa will treat the last two matches against New Zealand as their finals. By bearing all pressure, maintaining their axiom, and winning all games will only help them to hold their number 1 ranking.
South African team who rotated its bowlers all during the ODIs will do it again in the next matches. For the 4th ODI, Guptill will replace Tom Latham and Ronchi will be behind the wicket. Other players who have found a place in the squad are Jeetan Patel, Ish Sodhi, and Mitchell Santner.