Tamil Diplomat

Guptill, Henry in NZ Test squad for England

New Zealand batsman Martin Guptill, who last played a Test in May 2013, has been recalled to the Test squad for the side’s forthcoming tour to England. Fast bowler Matt Henry has received a Test call-up, while uncapped allrounder Mitchell Santner has been added to New Zealand’s ODI and T20 squad.

Guptill played the last of his 31 Tests during New Zealand’s tour of England in 2013, featuring in only one match of the two-game series. He scored 1 and 3 in New Zealand’s 247-run defeat to England at Headingley and was subsequently excluded from the Test side, including home series against West Indies, India and Sri Lanka.Mike Hesson, the New Zealand coach, said Guptill had been picked for his ability to cover several batting positions and would have a chance to further his claims during the two warm-up games ahead of the first Test at Lord’s on May 21.

“This is a stable, established Test side but there will be opportunities for contenders,” Hesson said. “Martin’s a classically styled batsman and there’s really no reason why he can’t be as influential in the longer game as he is in the short.”James Neesham’s injury was one of the factors that prompted Henry’s selection and Hesson said the bowler was ready for the challenges of the longer format.”It’s another step up for Matt but we’ve been impressed by the maturity and skill-set he’s already shown in the ODI format,” Hesson said.