Guptill: Young Kiwis confident of ODI win

New Zealand

New Zealand opening batsman Martin Guptill is confident that the Black Caps can win the one-day series against South Africa in the coming week, as long as they keeping playing how they have been for the past year.

The Kiwis reached their first ever World Cup final in March, beating the Proteas in a thrilling semi-final, and Guptill feels their efforts in all formats over the past 18 months will stand them in good stead in the ODIs.

Guptill, who helped his side draw the T20 series in SA, said ahead of the ODI opener: "The sort of cricket we've played over the past year to 18 months has had a lot of confidence and a bit of aggression.

"With Brendon not being here, Kane is leading the side the same way and the guys are feeding off that and really enjoying the chance to be over here.

"South Africa are a world class side but the guys are very confident and excited."

The Kiwis are without a number of senior players, aside from Brendon McCullum, with bowlers Tim Southee, Trent Boult and Corey Anderson missing, as well as batsman Ross Taylor. But he's sure the young players are up for the challenge.

Guptill continued: "A few of our guys haven't played against South Africa before.

"The other day didn't go so well (in the first T20) and (the second T20) was a much better performance.

"It gave us that confidence that we have beaten them in this series and we can do it again."

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