I sort of combine Guptill the T20 opener with Guptill the ODI opener in my reckoning of him in limited overs.
Brumby - your thoughts on Kane Williamson now?
Franklin would be my first reserve for that team, followed by Elliott, followed by any other Wellington player.
Looking at the stats from 08 (which is where we get pretty much the current team from) I'm actually quite impressed at the runs NcCullum has made. 4 50s to Vettori's 1 against top opposition. I had NFI.
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Surprised to see Watling with so many 50s too.
Looks like SA threw that away with run outs and with Amla, AB and Kallis missing they simply could not afford Faf to be run out so cheaply chasing a challenging total, super flat pitch or not.
While SA insist on playing the likes of Ingam (runs but on a belter) and Behardien, they will continue to struggle in this format. Kirsten has a lot of work to do (as he conceded at the start of the series) to get them to play with some consistency. Though like Australia, constant rotation and playing some ordinary commodities won't help.
Much needed win by the kiwis to provide some relief from a nightmare tour but they shouldn't be foolish enough to let some meaningless one-dayers paper over the massive cracks in their system.
Williamson's ton was a surprise. When I left the game he was struggling and looked a bit out of his depth as he did in the first match and as he did mightily so in the tests. He must have really ramped it up.
Guess Guptill would have to be finished now given that he struggled again even on this belter.
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He did not get bogged down in the middle overs against the spinners, nor did he throw his wicket away once he started cramping.
It was a perfect one day hundred from a number 3 batsman, and should've set NZ up for >300 were McCullum and co not so crap. Which is pretty impressive considering where we were after 10 overs.
Guptill not going anywhere ftr.
T20 hundred vs. SA will buy him a lot of limited overs time.
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