Guptill refuses to assign blame


Black Caps opening batsman Martin Guptill did not want to point the finger of blame at the teams bowlers after they lost to Australia by 68 runs in Sydney.

New Zealand bowled five no balls in the opening Chappell-Hadlee series ODI but things may have been different had they chosen to review an lbw shout against Aussie Skipper Steve Smith when he was on 14.

Smith went on to score 164 to power Australia to 324 for 8 in their fifty overs and a century from Guptill wasn’t enough to get the Black Caps over the line.

The aggressive opener struck 114 off 102 balls but when he departed the Black Caps challenge faltered and they would be bowled out 68 runs short of the hosts total.

Guptill insisted they would look to be more clinical in the second ODI: “We know we’re better than that. We’re going do our best in couple of days [in Canberra on Tuesday] if we have them in that situation again to really put the foot down.

“I can’t put it down to one thing, it happens sometimes in cricket. They start to get a partnership going and momentum changes a bit.

“We had it couple of times in our innings when momentum was with us and a couple of things happen and it switches round again. It was one of those topsy turvy games.”

The tourists were sloppy in the field and the bowling was loose on a decent SCG pitch with debutant Lockie Ferguson getting a lashing going for 73 runs in nine overs.

Guptill was pleased with his ton despite the defeat: “I’ll take that any day of the week. It wasn’t easy task out there. Australia have a very good bowling lineup and I was lucky enough to get through to get the 100, and unfortunately couldn’t quite take it to the end.”