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The excitement is building for Black Caps
batsman Martin Guptill, who has not played
for the national side since last summer.
Guptill is coming back from a hamstring
injury but is back in the side taking on
Sri Lanka in a three-match one-day series
starting today in Mount Maunganui.
At the same ground nearly three years ago
Guptill scored his 10th ODI century off just
108 deliveries, hitting nine fours and three
sixes before being caught for 102. At its best
Bay Oval is a batter’s paradise so a good
place to return at that level.
Guptill does not expect his role at the top
of the order to change too much under new
coach Gary Stead.
“Not necessarily, just got to go out there
and keep doing the same things that we do
and that ’s made us so successful over the
last few years and try and just replicate that.
Pretty much business as usual to be honest,
I don’t see my role changing too much in
“Colin and I have just got to go out there
and show what we can do and have a bit of
fun at the top of the order.
“I haven’t played for New Zealand since
last summer which is quite a long time ago
so to be back here is extremely exciting and
I’m looking for ward to getting back into it.”
Guptill said Sri Lanka had a strong
bowling line-up and with unorthodox fast
bowler Lasith Malinga back in the mix, they
would have to keep their wits about them.
“He’s played a lot of international cricket
and done extremely well with his awkward
action so once we get back out there it ’s
about getting reacquainted with where his
release point is and just watching the ball as
hard as we can. ”
The 2019 World Cup could be Guptill’s
last and he said the excitement never got
“ When you’re building for any World Cup
whether it be T20 World Cup or 50 over
World Cup there’s always excitement about
it and you’ve just got to take each game
as it comes leading into it. If you look too
far ahead you’re not going to worry about
what ’s happening in the now so our focus is
on these first three One Dayers against Sri
What did the 2015 World Cup, when the
Black Caps just fell as the last hurdle, teach
him about what it takes to lift the trophy?
“It certainly takes a lot of hard work. We
didn’t play as well as we could have in the
final but all that ’s ancient history now so it’s
all about moving forward and taking all the
lessons learned. ”
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka’s ODI captain
says it is crunch time as his side begins
preparations for the Cricket World Cup in
England in May.
Lasith Malinga was recently named
skipper for the three one-day internationals
against the Black Caps starting today.
It has been a tough few years for the
Sri Lankan ODI team, and a long time
since their breakout 1996 World Cup
The 35-year-old right-arm fast bowler
said the team had struggled for consistency
over the last three or four years but said they
could not afford to still see themselves in a
“Now is no time to rebuild because ... the
World Cup is this year, but now we have to
prove who is the best in Sri Lankan cricket,
all the players are keen to do that.
“The thing is all the younger players have
had good opportunities, Now it ’s time to
stand up and show their characters, this is
a good opportunity to find who is better
international players in our side they can
show their talent.” — RNZ
Wozniacki acknowledged she
was rusty in her first match in
2019 as she beat lucky loser
Laura Siegemund 6-3, 6-2
in the first round of the ASB
Classic in Auckland.
After waiting until the third
day of the tournament to play
her opening match, Wozniacki
was businesslike in the first
set on Wednesday, breaking
Siegemund in the fourth game
and going on to clinch the set
in 42 minutes.
She broke twice for a 3-0
lead in the second set before
becoming frustrated by both a
swirling wind on the stadium
court and a tenacious opponent
who mixed her ground strokes
“I definitely felt a bit rusty out
there, just with that little bit of
wind,” Wozniacki said.
“It wasn’t my prettiest match
but I just tried to hang in there
and tried to serve well and get a
lot of balls back.”
Wozniacki is playing the
Auckland tournament for the
fifth time and reached the
final last year, losing to Julia
Goerges, before going on to
win the Australian Open.
She found a difficult
opponent in Siegemund who
has a wide range of shots but
tends only to unleash her best
on big points.
The German made it into
the main draw as a lucky
loser, going down in the final
round of qualifying to Bianca
Andreescu but winning a
place in the main draw after
the withdrawal of Margarita
Gasparyan with a leg injury.
“She’s a tricky player,”
Wozniacki said. “She comes to
the net, she fights for the ball,
she mixes the pace so it ’s not
easy for sure.”
Wozniacki will play Canadian
qualifier Andreescu in the
second round today.
Third-seeded Hsieh Su-Wei
(Taiwan) also beat Puerto
Rico’s Olympic champion
Monica Puig 6-1, 7-6 (7-3)
while seventh-seed Kirsten
Flipkens (Belgium) was beaten
6-4, 1-6, 6-1 by Sara Sorribes-
Tormo of Spain.
Meanwhile, New Zealand
tennis player Paige Hourigan
and Taylor Townsend from
the USA, have won their
doubles match to advance to
Dutchman Michael van Ger wen
breezed past Britain’s Michael Smith
to win his third PDC World Darts
Championship title with a 7-3 victory in
Van Ger wen, 29, raced into a 4-0 lead
before 10th seed Smith whipped the
home crowd into a frenzy by winning
five successive legs to make it 4-2.
After Van Ger wen silenced the crowd
in the seventh, Smith missed two crucial
set-winning checkouts in the eighth.
The champion was not at his best but
banked a winners’ cheque of £500,000
Victory takes Van Ger wen, who also
won in 2014 and 2017, to second in the
list of PDC World Championship title
wins, but he is way off the record of 14
victories set by the retired Phil Taylor.
Smith, who was appearing in his first
final and whose previous best was the
last eight in 2016, paid for a ner vous
start and failed to make Van Ger wen pay
when the D utchman faltered.
That was no more evident in the eighth
set when 28-year-old Smith, who will
marry his fiance this Saturday, missed
a double five that could have added
pressure to his opponent.
Smith did not buckle as he dragged
it back to 6-3, but Van Ger wen finally
shook off the dogged Englishman from
All Whites striker Chris Wood
has played a leading hand in helping
Burnley climb out of the bottom
three of the English Premier League
Wood scored Burnley ’s opening goal
in their 2-1 win over fellow strugglers
Huddersfield opened the scoring
in the 33rd minute of the match
through striker Steve Mounie, before
Wood struck back just six minutes
later before half-time.
In a match riddled with penalties
and cards, the winner came from
Burnley ’s fellow striker — Ashley
Barnes — in the 74th minute. It is
the first time Burnley have won back-
to-back matches in the EPL since
Burnley is now two points outside
the relegation zone, tied on 18 points
with Cardiff City and Newcastle
United, while Huddersfield is last on
Meanwhile Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s
Midas touch at Manchester United
continued against Newcastle as goals
from Romelu Lukaku and Marcus
Rashford earned the caretaker
manager a fourth successive win.
Only the great Matt Busby, who
won his first five games in charge of
United back in 1946, had previously
started a United reign with a four-
match winning streak.
On a more difficult night for
Solskjaer, though, against stubborn
Newcastle, it was a second-half
substitution from the Norwegian
that propelled United to their latest
success as Lukaku scored with his
first touch in the 64th minute.
As soon as he came on, the Belgian
latched on to Rashford’s free kick,
which was not cleanly held by
goalkeeper Martin Dubravka.
Then Rashford himself doubled
the lead after a fine counter-attack
involving Lukaku and the returning
Alexis Sanchez, ensuring that sixth-
placed United have now scored 14
goals in four games in their perfect
start under Solskjkaer.
Newcastle, losing for the eighth
time at home in the league this
season, had their moments in the
first half with Christian Atsu coming
closer to striking for Newcastle on
three occasions but are just two points
above the drop zone.
In other matches this morning,
Southampton and Chelsea played
out a goal-less draw, Crystal Palace
beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0,
West Ham and Brighton drew 2-2
while Bournemouth and Watford
drew 3-3 . — R NZ-Reuters
Brisbane fans will see Rafael
Nadal in action this week.
Unfortunately it will be on the
practice court after the world
No 2 withdrew from the season-
opening Brisbane International
for the second straight year.
Yet the 17-time grand slam
winner insisted he would be 100%
fit for the Australian Open.
Nadal, 32, admitted he risked a
month on the sidelines if he took
the court at Queensland Tennis
Centre with a thigh strain he
picked up as he tried to return
from an injury-plagued 2018.
Nadal said he would remain in
Brisbane until the weekend to
prepare for this month’s opening
grand slam, insisting he could
prove his fitness in five days in a
bid to claim a second Australian
“I’m going to keep practising
here. I will not stop practising.
You can watch me practice every
day here until Saturday,” Nadal
“I will probably be 100% in five
days. And then I will have plenty
of time to prepare for Melbourne.
I really believe that I will be 100%
ready for Melbourne.
“For me it’s a big goal to be
ready for there (Australian Open)
and I’m going to fight for it (title
It marked the second straight
year Nadal failed to take the court
in Brisbane after withdrawing
from the 2018 tournament with
an ongoing knee complaint.
It appears Nadal has bigger
fitness problems ahead of the
2019 Australian Open. He was
limited to nine tournaments last
year due to a string of ailments.
Nadal’s scheduled Brisbane
opener today was set to be his first
competitive clash since pulling
out of the US Open semi-finals
with his lingering knee injury in
His 2019 preparation was also
cut short by November ankle
surgery. Then he suffered the
thigh strain in his comeback
match at last week’s exhibition
tournament, the Mubadala World
Tennis Championship in Abu
Kevin Anderson of South Africa.
Nadal apologised to Brisbane
fans for again denying them a
chance to see him in action but
believed he was feeling the most
pain from his tough decision to
“That (thigh injury) is an
accident, a product of being out
of the competition for a while
have to accept that,” he said.
“This is the second year that they
(Brisbane fans) don’t have the
chance to watch me play here.
But no doubt that the person that
is more affected and who suffers
more in this situation is me.”
Wood helps Burnley to first consecutive wins since September
Michael van Ger wen celebrates his third world title.
Van Gerwen wins third
world darts title
for ward to big year
PICTURE: Getty Images
Caroline Wozniacki plays a shot against Laura Siegemund yesterday at the ASB Tennis Centre in Auckland yesterday.
ASB top-seed advances
Nadal in doubt for Australian Open
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