What did Kane Williamson say about Martin Guptill being released from the central contract list
Ahead of his team’s first ODI against India, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson on Thursday said veteran opener Martin Guptill has been an incredible player for his team and he is still motivated to continue playing and improve. India will begin the ODI series against New Zealand with the first ODI at the Eden Park in Auckland on Friday. The Men in Blue won the rain-affected three-match T20I series 1-0.
“I had a few chats with him. He’s been incredible for New Zealand. He decided to play in other leagues but is still available for New Zealand. He’s definitely one of our best white-ball players. It’s just trying Strike that balance. We’ve seen that with other players who’ve seen some other opportunities. It’s a moving scenario. He’s not retired. He’s still motivated to keep playing and get better As a player, you go through different periods, go through different phases. It’s about managing it,” Williamson said at the pre-match press conference.
New Zealand Cricket (NZC) has released veteran opener Martin Guptill from his central contract, the board announced on Wednesday.
The 36-year-old opener has been a fixture in the New Zealand white-ball team for the best of 14 years, but did not play in the recently concluded T20 World Cup, and was not selected for the ongoing T20 and ODI series against India .
He has represented New Zealand in 47 Tests and scored 2,586 runs at an average of 29.38. In this format, three centuries and 17 half-centuries have come out of his bat, in which his best score is 189.
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Guptill has scored 7,346 runs in 195 innings in 198 ODIs at an average of 41.73. He has 18 ODI tons and 39 half-centuries to his name with a best score of 237*. Besides this, he has also scored 3,531 runs in 122 T20IS at an average of 31.81 with two tons and 20 fifties and a best score of 105.
On the upcoming series, Williamson said he would not call it preparation for the 2023 50-over World Cup, rather the focus is on the series and the brand of cricket he wants to play.
Williamson said he still enjoys playing all formats and switching between them.
“I’m still motivated to keep improving as a player,” Williamson said.
On playing ODIs after such a huge amount of T20Is, Williamson said the side needed to reconnect a bit.
“There hasn’t been a huge amount of ODIs, it was mostly T20Is, with a few Tests. It’s about settling in and getting a good understanding. The environment has changed. Those are a few factors. But it’s about keeping It’s nice and simple, to go out and express yourself. There’s still a lot of ODI cricket left.”
The ODI leg of the New Zealand tour will take place from November 25 to 30. New Zealand will return to India for the white-ball series in January next year.
New Zealand ODI squad: Kane Williamson (c), Finn Allen, Michael Bracewell, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, Adam Milne, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee.
The New Zealand vs India series will be live streamed on Amazon Prime Video, with the coverage starting at 6 AM IST.
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