Gup­till fails to get Test re­call

New Straits Times - - Sport -

WELLING­TON: Martin Gup­till will not be in­cluded in the New Zealand squad for the up­com­ing Test se­ries against South Africa de­spite a bril­liant match-win­ning in­nings in the one-dayer against the Proteas on Wed­nes­day.

Gup­till, play­ing for the first time in a month af­ter two ham­string in­juries, scored 180 not out in the seven-wicket vic­tory over the tourists in Hamil­ton to level the five-match se­ries at 2-2.

Even the third high­est one-day in­ter­na­tional score by a New Zealan­der was not enough to earn Gup­till a Test re­call as an opener, coach Mike Hes­son said, but the 30-year-old could soon press a case for in­clu­sion in the mid­dle or­der.

“The Test team are per­form­ing pretty well at the mo­ment,” Hes­son said on Thurs­day.

Gup­till has played 47 Tests, 40 of them in the top or­der, but has strug­gled to con­vert his suc­cess in lim­ited overs cricket into the longer for­mat.

While his ODI av­er­age is 43.98, and Wed­nes­day’s ef­fort gave him all three of New Zealand’s top scores in the for­mat, his Test av­er­age is 29.38.

The fi­nal one-day in­ter­na­tional is to­mor­row at Eden Park with the first Test start­ing in Dunedin on Wed­nes­day.

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