That was a textbook Guptill dismissal. Almost self-parody tbh.
If Guptill can't score runs on this road then he's not going to fare any better in SA.
Would honestly open with a middle order batsman or Vettori ahead of him, but I've accepted it won't be happening and there aren't any openers scoring big domestically (damn our bowling depth) so I guess on the bright side we're going to have a gun slip in SA.
I will say though he has the best attitude of any opener we've played in a while. Remember Matt Bell denying his lack of technique was the issue back in the day?
1. Didn't need to play it.
2. Too close to the body to play that shot.
3. Even if he decides to play it, he needs to wait for the ball longer rather than just throw his bat at it. This is the big technical issue that's the reason behind all his dismissals recently.
After this tour he should stay behind, hire some random Sri Lankan or Indian batting guru, and spend a good 2 weeks working on this.
Alternatively, come home and ask Crowe or Wright or even Richardson to give a hand.
Just give the bloody bag to an umpire.
I wonder at what point will they have to go out and buy some balls.
Last edited by Mike5181; 27-11-2012 at 10:58 PM.
I don't know how much work Guptill did with Wright but he could really benefit from making a few changes. The eye is there and the will to succeed is there and he's one of the best slips I've seen play for NZ, but as a batsman he is too flawed.
edit: its easy to rag on the guy from my chair but this has gone on for 30 tests now. It's no longer a matter of a few good balls or waiting for his talent to shine through. He simply isn't good enough right now.
Last edited by Flem274*; 27-11-2012 at 11:02 PM.
Guptill is the best opening option we have right now. Just start hoping that either some other opener really stands up in the Plunket Shield or that he gets better, a quick fix isn't the way to address this issue.
Guptill is awesome - just think of those 11 runs he scored as a free byproduct of selecting a specialist slip
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