Black Caps have dusted cobwebs: Guptill

NZ Newswire July 4, 2012, 3:44 pm

Opening batsman Martin Guptill is confident the Blacks Caps have dusted off the cobwebs as they prepare for their five-match one-day cricket series against the West Indies in the Caribbean.

Before heading to Jamaica for the opening ODI on Friday (NZT), the sides met in two Twenty20 internationals in Florida, with the West Indies completing comprehensive victories by 56 and 61 runs.

The matches were New Zealand's first since March and Guptill believes that could have been a factor in the tourists' performances.

"That might have taken its toll," he said on Wednesday.

"But we've been together for a week now and hopefully the time together again has really got everyone back on their feet."

Guptill said the Black Caps were looking to "right the wrongs" of those two results.

Their target for the one-day series was to win, not just to compete.

He had faith in the squad's ability to overcome their injury woes, with skipper Ross Taylor doubtful for the ODIs and possibly the two Tests to follow, after damaging a shoulder in the first T20 and allrounder Jacob Oram jarring a knee in the same match.

Meanwhile, another experienced campaigner in top-order batsman Brendon McCullum is absent after the selectors asked him to take a break during the short-form component of the tour.

"I guess without Brendon and Ross in the side, we lose a bit of that experience," Guptill said.

"We've got a young batting line-up, but the guys are picked for a reason and they can step up at any time when required."

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  1. Te Kinga07:41pm Thursday 05th July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    What did they dust the cobwebs with . Martin Crowes Hairpiece.? I wonder.

  2. Quin04:04pm Thursday 05th July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    maybe black craps better of playing zimbawe so we can look good agen

  3. Jordan08:53am Thursday 05th July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Why is Williamson captain? Why is Southee still there? Why is McCullum NOT there? Why is Wagner NOT there? No wonder all cricket fans in NZ just laugh and throw abuse at the joke that continues every season to be NZ cricket.

  4. Jordan08:51am Thursday 05th July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Nicol, Watling, Oram, Mills, Gillespie.....???????? Seriosly when will NZ Cricket actually pick a real side with real talent...and actually get some real leadership at NZC? White is a vanilla nobody...Buchanan was vilified by the senior Aussie side as a lame duck...Taylor is interested only in IPL...Vetorri is past it...START AGAIN with a whole cupboard sweep in the team and management at all levels.

  5. Te Kinga10:52pm Wednesday 04th July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Is that what they were doing . I thought they were getting another pasting . Jacob Show Pony Oram rides again.

  6. Cheryl05:37pm Wednesday 04th July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    they should have never taken oram any way, 2 old 2 rude 2 late

  7. ode cologne05:00pm Wednesday 04th July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    I wonder how many of them would be off with injuries if they where playing in the INDIAN LEAGUE with all that money

  8. Heather Minnis04:58pm Wednesday 04th July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    What a joke

  9. Peter04:36pm Wednesday 04th July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    seems to me, there are some players on this tour that were obviously carrying injuries before they left NZ, how else can you explain the likes of Jake the Fake Orams injuries, and Gillespie, the selectors should be lined up and sacked, and get rid of Buchanan as well

  10. LAR04:23pm Wednesday 04th July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    The usual pathetic & childish comments from the Black Caps, just who do they think they are?


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