Guptill: We’re here to win, not compete

New Zealand

New Zealand opening batsman Martin Guptill is hoping for a recall to the Test side after two years out, and is confident his World Cup exploits, and time with Derbyshire will give him the edge.

Guptill is battling for a slot to partner Tom Latham, with Hamish Rutherford the other candidate, and Guptill hopes that despite missing the first tour match through injury, the selectors will take his recent form into account.

Guptill said: "I guess playing here in England before the Test series was the best preparation I could have asked for. So pretty thankful for Derbyshire having me there and getting a couple of games under my belt.

"If I get the chance in the Test matches then I'll look to play how I can play and take it from there. I'm preparing as if I'll play at the moment and if I'm not then I'll try and get in there for the second Test."

With the first match at Lord's on 21 May, Guptill says his team is confident of winning against a beleaguered England, who drew their series in the West Indies and are battling off-field distractions.

The Black Caps have not won a series in the UK in 15 years, but given their form over the past 18 months, not losing a series in that time, the batsman is pleased with their chances under Brendon McCullum's leadership.

He added: "We've come over here to win, not to compete. If we can do our things well and prepare well and go out and show our skills like we have done over the past couple of years, then we're going to get the results we want.

"The guys have played some great cricket over the last couple of years. The way that Brendon's leading us from the front, showing confidence in every player in the squad, it's helping each individual be able to perform on the international stage."