Guptill to push for 'contestable' Black Caps No.5 spot for 'warm-up' games against England

Wellington, May 3 (ANI): New Zealand cricketer Martin Guptill is set to push his case for a return to the Test team by claiming a middle-order spot in the warm-up games against England in Derbyshire this weekend.

The batsman, whose last act was to win the Hamilton one-day international (ODI) for his country against England in February, stands to gain most from the three-day tour opener, Stuff.co.nz reports.

According to the report, the No.5 is the contestable spot for the first test at Lord's on May 16 with openers Peter Fulton and Hamish Rutherford carved in stone for the foreseeable future.

The report further said that Guptill, back from a hamstring strain and thumb ligament surgery, may be a good fit in the No.5 spot with his impressive fielding and his good knowledge of the Derbyshire ground, where he averaged 43.50 from 16 first-class matches in county matches.

According to Guptill, he has been working over the last few weeks with assistant coach Bob Carter for which he is confident about performing well in the matches.

Whilst the bowling lineup will probably remain unchanged for the first test, pacemen Doug Bracewell and Mark Gillespie get the chance to push their claims in case of any slip-ups from the incumbents, the report added. (ANI)

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