Martin Guptill hopes his half-century against Sri Lanka at Eden Park is a sign of things to come ahead of the fourth one-day international.
New Zealand opener Martin Guptill hopes his half-century against Sri Lanka at Eden Park is a sign of things to come ahead of the fourth one-day international on Tuesday.
The dangerous right-hander had scored only 10 runs in the first two games of the seven-match series, but rediscovered his form with an unbeaten 66 on his home ground before play was abandoned due to rain.
Guptill became the fastest batsman to bring up 3,000 runs in the 50-over format of the game in Auckland on Saturday before his innings was cut short due to the weather to ensure the two sides remain level at 1-1.
It was a timely return to form for the 28-year-old with the World Cup starting next month and he is eager to build on that knock going into the fourth game of the series at the Saxton Oval in Nelson.
Guptill said: "I have a bit of a foundation there, so hopefully I can push past that and get a couple of hundreds before the World Cup starts and then we are in pretty good stead for the rest of the tournament.
"My feet have been moving pretty well this year and I've been feeling in great nick, so it was nice to spend some time out in the middle."
Guptill is relishing his partnership with captain Brendon McCullum at the top of the order and knows the importance of the duo building a strong platform.
He said: "Brendon plays the way he does and when it comes off it is pretty spectacular to watch from out in the middle. It allows me to just go out and play.
"We have got off to a couple of good starts so far so hopefully we can keep that going."
Guptill also expressed his gratitude for receiving some words of wisdom from legendary former New Zealand batsman Martin Crowe.
He said: "He has some world-class ideas and he was a world-class player.
"It's always nice to be able to bounce a few ideas off him and get his thoughts on things."
New Zealand had advanced to 145-3 after 28.5 overs before Saturday's abandonment, with skipper Angelo Mathews (3-21) the standout performer for the tourists.