Martin Guptill averages just under 30 in Test cricket © Getty Images
Martin Guptill averages just under 30 in Test cricket © Getty Images

Johannesburg: Considering Test cricket as the pinnacle for himself, New Zealand swashbuckling opener Martin Guptill has said that he is determined to improve his Test statistics rather than switching his focus on the shorter formats of the game. The 29-year-old, who averages under 30 in Tests, recently posted a string of poor scores against South Africa, including three single figures. Guptill said that although he had all the qualities required to stay in the Test cricket, he needs to have the intent to score more runs whilst batting, Sport24 reported. Expressing his desire to continue playing in the longest-format of the game, the opener expressed belief that Test cricket is completely different from the shorter forms of the game, in terms of the challenges it brings. Full Cricket Scorecard: India vs New Zealand 1st Test at Kanpur

The right-hander also talked about the improvement that he was required to do before the upcoming tour to India. Admitting that there was a need to bring a mental shift in his approach, Guptill said that he was focusing on staying positive and keep working hard in order to turnaround the tables for himself on the field.

New Zealand coach Mike Hesson has made it clear that the team does not lack options when it comes to openers, which will keep Guptill on his toes ahead of the series against India. Hesson has pointed out at Luke Ronchi as the back-up opener. READ: India vs New Zealand: Luke Ronchi could be back-up opening option, says Mike Hesson

Guptill will aim to improve his Test record when his side will head to India for a three-match series, starting on September 22 at Green Park in Kanpur.