Champions Trophy 2017: New Zealand won’t hold back, says ...

Champions Trophy 2017: New Zealand won’t hold back, says Guptill

Tags: Champions Trophy 2017, Group A - England Vs New Zealand 6th ODI at London, Jun 06, 2017, New Zealand, England, Martin James Guptill, Luke Ronchi, Kane Stuart Williamson, Joseph Edward Root, Eoin Joseph Gerard Morgan, Rain, Champions Trophy

Published on: Jun 06, 2017

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New Zealand opener Martin Guptill has said that weather and the consequent results of the other team won’t have an impact of their game when they take on England on Tuesday.

New Zealand opener Martin Guptill has said that weather and the consequent results of the other team won’t have an impact of their game when they take on England on Tuesday.

"We can't let that dictate the way we play - we still have to go out and do our thing, be aggressive and take it to the opposition," he told the media.

"If we take a step back, we've already lost the game before stepping out there,” Guptill added.

Luke Ronchi (65) and skipper Kane Williamson's 97-helped New Zealand reach a competitive 291 off 45 overs. For England, Joe Root slammed a hundred against Bangladesh. Guptill admitted to similarities between Kane and Joe.

"They're both obviously world class players - they can both be destructive without hitting those massively big shots," he said.

"They kill teams softly. They're not going to go out and blast at a 160 strike rate through the innings.

"Their batsmanship is ridiculously unbelievable, they know the game inside out and it's a master class when they get going,” he added.

Guptill said his role as an opener was to provide stability to the innings. "I play the same way whoever I'm batting with. Whether it be one-day or Twenty20, I look to go out and create a strike rate at the top of the innings for the rest of the guys to be able to come out and play their games,” he concluded.

--By A Cricket Correspondent

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