NZ hoping to "right the wrongs"
Kingston, Jamaica — New Zealand batsman Martin Guptill is expecting an improved showing from his team in the Digicel One-Day International Series against West Indies, which starts on Thursday at Sabina Park in Kingston.
After arriving in the island on Monday evening, New Zealand had their first practice session at Sabina Park on Tuesday, and the opener told the Jamaica Observer newspaper the team was anxious to “right the wrongs” after a sub-par showing in the Digicel T20 Series as they fell to two heavy defeats to the West Indies in Lauderhill, Florida last weekend.
“We are expecting to compete. We got a good side here and we believe that we have an opportunity to right the wrongs that happened (in Florida)... We didn’t really step up as well as we should have. We have the opportunity now to rectify that in this One-Day series and hopefully put in good showings,” Guptill said.
Led by 21-year-old batsman Kane Williamson while regular skipper Ross Taylor is sidelined for approximately two weeks with a shoulder injury, the Black Caps' bowling attack will be keen on containing the thunderous batting threat posed by the likes of Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo.
Though without Taylor and Brendon McCullum, the 25-year-old Guptill suggested that other batsmen including left-hander Daniel Flynn, opener Rob Nicol and new recruit Dean Brownlie will have to step in to offset the absence of the experienced pair.
“Without Brendon and Ross in the side we lose a bit of experience, but the other guys are in the squad for a reason and can step up when required. We really know what we need to do to rectify what we did in the Twenty20s and play a lot better so hopefully, the batsmen, bowlers and everyone in the squad are on board,” Guptil said.
“We haven't been together as a team for a couple of months. Hopefully, being together again will get everyone back on their feet.”
DIGICEL 2012 SERIES - New Zealand to West Indies
Upcoming matches (All times local)
Digicel One-Day International Series
July 5: 1st Digicel ODI – Sabina Park, Jamaica – 9:30 a.m.
July 7: 2nd Digicel ODI – Sabina Park – 9:30 a.m.
July 11: 3rd Digicel ODI – Warner Park, St. Kitts – 9:30 a.m.
July 14: 4th Digicel ODI – Warner Park – 9:30 a.m.
July 16: 5th Digicel ODI – Warner Park – 9:30 a.m.
July 20-22: West Indies-A vs New Zealand – Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, Antigua – 10 a.m.
Digicel Test Series
July 25-29: 1st Digicel Test – Vivian Richards Cricket Ground – 10 a.m.
August 2-6: 2nd Digicel Test – Sabina Park – 10 a.m.