- Martin Guptill must fire at the top:
In the modern day arena, the list of top run-getters is headed by the openers of several teams, be it Hashim Amla, Quinton De Kock, David Warner or Rohit Sharma. One individual who has risen sharply in that elite list since the last few years has been Martin Guptill. The Kiwi openers averages a staggering 43.66 at the top of the order and on his day, is a one man army. Guptill takes particular liking while batting in England, as the conditions are pretty similar to that of home, as his batting average shoots up to 62.88 and the strike rate stands out at a remarkable mark of around 98. For New Zealand to battle Australia’s aggression at the top, Guptill’s solid foundation at the top becomes extremely important and vital.