New Zealand batsman Martin Guptill in action.
New Zealand batsman Martin Guptill in action. LUKAS COCH

Star Black Caps batsman out of second ODI

CRICKET: Australia has received a boost ahead of Thursday's one-day international in Napier, with star New Zealand opener Martin Guptill ruled out with a hamstring injury.

Guptill first strained his hamstring against Banglasdesh last month but was still part of the side in Monday's first game in the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy series, scoring 61 in the Black Caps' six-run win at Eden Park.

Veteran Dean Brownlie has joined the squad as cover for Guptill, with coach Mike Hesson saying: "Martin felt tightness in his left hamstring while fielding (in Auckland) and after being monitored over the last 24 hours it's become apparent he won't quite be ready for Napier.

"He'll remain with the team and we'll continue to monitor him ahead of the third ODI in Hamilton.”

Hesson said there was plenty to take out of the thrilling win at Auckland after reducing Australia to 6-67 chasing 287 for victory, only for Marcus Stoinis to play one of the most remarkable one-day innings and almost steal the game.

"I don't think anyone expected him to play like Superman,” Hesson said.

"He controlled the innings and had it there for the taking at one point.

"My heart rate went up towards the end, but you're never ahead of the game at Eden Park.

"Eden Park is a difficult ground to defend. If you want 100 runs off 10 overs anywhere in the world, it's probably Eden Park.

"We certainly got hit to areas we didn't want to, but McLean Park (in Napier) is different again, so it comes down to our ability to adapt.

"It's difficult to have a perfect performance against the number one side in the world, so to get a result is pleasing.”

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