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Guptill happy in his own Eden paradise

HE IS probably not looking beyond New Zealand's first World Cup match against Sri Lanka in Christchurch on February 14.

But Black Caps opening batsman Martin Guptill no doubt has one eye on the match against Australia at Auckland's Eden Park two weeks later.

Guptill made 66 off 78 balls at the ground in the washed-out match against Sri Lanka on Saturday, taking his average at Eden Park to 76.16, compared to his career average of 37.86.

"I always enjoy being in front of my home crowd at Eden Park," he said.

"It's generally a good batting wicket and batsman love the short boundaries."

The innings saw the 28-year-old bring up 3000 ODI runs, the fastest New Zealander to achieve the feat.

He also holds the record for the highest score in a one-day international against England, making an unbeaten 189 at Southampton in June, 2013.

Despite those numbers, his place in the World Cup squad was questioned after failing to score more than 66 in his past 10 ODI innings.

The run of outs prompted him to do some extra work with Kiwi great Martin Crowe, something he said seemed to be paying off.

"He's obviously a world-class player with world-class ideas," Guptill said. "I've enjoyed bouncing ideas off him."

The seven-match series remains level at 1-1 with the fourth game in Nelson tomorrow.



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