It’s always the quiet ones you have to watch out for. If any team was going to challenge New Zealand in this World Cup, despite the bang-and-bash of Baz McCullum, they were going to account for Kane Williamson. He has been the quiet one; quietly shepherding the Blackcaps through with classical batting technique and calm-amidst-the-storm disposition. Australia found that out a few weeks ago as he ended the game with straight six in Auckland.
But the left-handed opener, who hit a World Cup record score of 215 at the World Cup until it was bettered on Saturday by New Zealand’s Martin Guptill’s 237, will not play in the three-Test home series against England in April and May to rest his back injury.Hesson said that after its thrilling pool rounds, after four one-sided, but still compelling quarterfinals, the World Cup has come to this survival of the fittest.
Mike Hesson has called Martin Guptill‘s unbeaten 237 a “surreal” performance, but New Zealand do not have much time to sit back and soak up the acclaim with just a 48-hour turnaround to their semi-final against South Africa at Eden Park.
“I think something pretty big has happened over the last year or so,” he said. “We’ve gone from nine in the world in four and you only get there because you’ve got some pretty good players and, as I’ve said before, we’re lucky that we’ve got a lot of them.”
“I’m actually out of the Test series, the back won’t hold up for that format at this point in time, but I haven’t retired from any format as yet.” As he walked off with 237* against his name, Guptill still didn’t say much to the commentator, but he can no longer be the quiet one. The crowd of 30,000 that serenaded by chanting his name have made sure every team has heard, loud and clear, the record of Martin Guptill.