Tight hamstring forces Martin Guptill out of second ODI in Napier
Updated - Jan 31, 2017 11:15 am
After an impressive 61 in the first ODI at Auckland, Martin Guptill would perhaps be the most disappointed cricketer in the world after being on the receiving end of a tight hamstring. This injury also comes after New Zealand’s impressive win over Australia by a rather slender margin of 5 runs.
Whilst batting, Guptill was being attended to by the physio with his left hamstring causing a few problems and with the Kiwis batsman showing a considerable amount of pain as well. Mike Hesson, the coach of the New Zealand cricket team also went on to add that the 30-year old was being monitored for the last 24 hours by the physiotherapist team while appearing that he will not be available to play the following encounter in Napier. Whether or not he plays the third and final ODI in Hamilton remains to be seen.
Guptill hurt his hamstring during the first game in Auckland. “Martin felt tightness in his left hamstring while fielding yesterday and after being monitored over the last 24 hours it’s become apparent he won’t quite be ready for Napier,” Hesson said. “He’ll remain with the team and we’ll continue to monitor him ahead of the third ODI in Hamilton.”
However, Hesson went on to add that the Kiwis would continue to monitor his fitness as well. “He’ll remain with the team and we’ll continue to monitor him ahead of the third ODI in Hamilton.”
In spite of all this, the first ODI was a massive talking point in the grand scheme of things wherein Marcus Stoinis was the talk of the town. His three wickets and 146, whilst herculean in terms of effort simply did not do enough to help the Aussies secure the win on the day.