Post World Cup final heartache, Martin Guptill keen to move forward
Martin Guptill was run out to crown England winners of the World Cup. © AFP

Martin Guptill will look to move further away from the pain of ending second best in the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup final when he returns to duty for New Zealand this weekend, when the first T20I against Sri Lanka is played at Pallekele.

Sunday’s T20I will be the first game Guptill plays for the Black Caps since he was run out in the Super Over that followed the World Cup final tie at Lord’s on July 14.

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“I guess you see it as the best and the worst day of your cricketing career,” Guptill said in Pallekele. “The ebbs and flows of the game made it such a good one for the spectators. It was just unfortunate we came out on the other side of it.”

After a run with the Worcestershire Rapids in the Vitality T20 Blast since the World Cup, where he scored 259 runs in nine innings at 32.37, Guptill is looking at these three T20Is against Sri Lanka as a stepping stone towards next year’s ICC T20 World Cup in Australia.

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Before the tournament in October 2020, New Zealand play 13 T20Is at home versus England, India, and Australia.

“T20 World Cups are always good fun. With it being in Australia next year it’s completely different conditions to what we face at home as well,” said Guptill. “It’s going to be nice to start off our preparation here, playing in some trying conditions and then head home with a good five T20 [match] series against England to lead off the summer.”

The Test series between Sri Lanka and New Zealand was drawn 1-1 after the visiting team won the second match in Colombo.