Player Focus: Martin Guptill vs England 2013 ODIs

Analysis of Martin Guptill's back to back ODI hundreds against England

Posted by Gareth Parry | Added on: June 03 2013

New Zealand's ODI series win over England has come largely thanks to the return to form of Martin Guptill. He has hit back to back hundreds to win the first two matches of the three match series and has scored 292 runs without losing his wicket in those games. Here is a look at some more detailed statistics of his tremendous effort.

This graphic shows how effective Guptill was at preventing the England bowlers for settling. A dot ball percentage of less than 45% is an excellent return and indicative of a concerted effort to put pressure on England's bowlers and fielders (who incidentally wilted in the face of Guptill's tireless collecting of singles). This statistic is even more impressive when the fact that Guptill has batted for all 100 overs that New Zealand have faced in these matches. There can be no doubt that he is at the peak of fitness and a superb example of the modern day athlete cricketer.

This graphic shows evidence to support the criticism of Dernbach and Woakes performances with the ball in the first two ODI's and supports the idea that their efforts as fourth and fifth bowler were one of the key areas where England have underperformed. Guptill's statistics show that he was one of the main architects in the struggles of Woakes and Dernbach with the New Zealand man having a strike rate in excess of 135 runs per hundred balls against both bowlers.

Finally; of Guptill's top five highest scoring shots four were on the leg side which suggests that, whilst Guptill was magnificent in both innings, he was aided by England's seeming willingness to bowl to his strengths. Although Guptill is strong all around the ground he certainly favours the legside for his attacking shots and the fact that England continued to allow him to score on that side of the wicket is an area their bowlers and back room staff will have to deal with.

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