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One-day form earns Guptill recall


New Zealand’s Martin Guptill gestures during their game against the West Indies in Wellington on March 21.

Photo: Reuters

Martin Guptill has been recalled to the New Zealand Test squad for the tour of England after the batsman finished top scorer at the Cricket World Cup.

Guptill, whose last Test was also in England two years ago, scored 547 runs in nine matches at the event cohosted by New Zealand and Australia, earning him a place in the squad announced by selectors yesterday.

New Zealand lost to Australia by seven wickets in the World Cup final on March 29.

“This is a stable, established Test side, but there will be opportunities for contenders,” coach Mike Hesson said on the New Zealand Cricket Web site.

“Martin’s a classically styled batsman and there’s really no reason why he can’t be as influential in the longer game as he is in the short,” Hesson added of a player who averages just 29.62 in 31 Test appearances.

Brendon McCullum has been named captain of the 15-man squad, but will miss the two warm-up matches ahead of the opening Test at Lord’s on May 21 due to domestic cricket commitments, with wicketkeeper B.J. Watling taking charge of those contests.

Paceman Matt Henry is the only player in line to make his Test debut on the tour, the right-armer called up to replace injured all-rounder Jimmy Neesham after also impressing at the World Cup as a late replacement.

“It’s another step up for Matt, but we’ve been impressed by the maturity and skill-set he’s already shown in the ODI format,” Hesson said.

Fast bowler Adam Milne, who was ruled out of the World Cup due to a heel injury and replaced by Henry before the semi-final against South Africa, has been picked in the limited-overs side along with uncapped all-rounder Mitchell Santner.

Headingley is to host the second and final Test from May 29 before a five-match one-day series begins on June 9, ahead of the only Twenty20 game of the tour at Old Trafford on June 23.

The other players named in the Test squad were: Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Mark Craig, Tom Latham, Luke Ronchi, Hamish Rutherford, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner and Kane Williamson.

Other players to travel for the limited-overs part of the tour were: Grant Elliott, Mitchell McClenaghan and Nathan McCullum.

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