Martin Guptill, New Zealand.
Martin Guptill, New Zealand. (Photo: Twitter)

Veteran Kiwi batsman Martin Guptill has been an integral part of the white-ball squads of New Zealand since the last decade. He picked up a moderate calf injury” in New Zealand’s domestic competition in the Ford Cup ODI competition and is racing against time to be fit for a series against Australia next month. They play a three ODI series followed by a solitary T20I between January 30-February 8.

Martin Guptill had to leave the field after he picked up the calf injury playing for the Auckland Aces in the Smash Cup. He is aiming to make a comeback on January 22 after surviving the injury on January 3. The management is awaiting the results of his scans.

Martin Guptill Leaves The Field AFter Picking Up A Calf Injury

Martin Guptill
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The injury occurred while Guptill was batting and he immediately signalled for medical assistance and left the game, never to return and was later seen on crutches. A statement from New Zealand Cricket followed stating that Guptill “was improving and that the injury would continue to be monitored during a period of rehabilitation”.

Guptill has played 186 ODIs and 112 T20Is scoring almost 11000 runs in the white-ball format for the Kiwis. If he fails to make it to the squad for the Australia series it will be a massive loss to the visitors with the regular players likely to miss the series due to the MIQ requirements on return home and proximity of the series against South Africa.

The ODI series will also be the swansong for Ross Taylor as he bids goo-be to his international career. He was given a guard of honour by the Bangladesh players on Sunday as a mark of respect to his glorious international career spanning over 15 years.

The first ODI is set to be played in Perth. However, there are likely changes in the schedule after Western Australia’s border restrictions that are not due to lift until February 5. Matches are also due to be held in Hobart and Sydney before the T20I in Canberra.

Australia vs New Zealand 2022 Schedule

1st ODI – Australia vs New Zealand
Perth Stadium, Perth, January 30

2nd ODI – Australia vs New Zealand
Bellerive Oval, Hobart, February 2

3rd ODI – Australia vs New Zealand
Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, February 5

Only T20I – Australia vs New Zealand
Manuka Oval, Canberra, January 8

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Anshuman Roy

A Cricket And Sports Enthusiast Having Previously Worked With Cricwizz, Circle of Cricket, Times Now, The Quint, Cricfit and Now With Cricket Addictor.