Guptill warns England batsman

23 February 2018 08:55:09 EST

Martin Guptill has warned that the pitches in New Zealand might not allow England's free-flowing batsmen to make merry.

Ahead of the one-day series between the countries that starts in Hamilton on Sunday, the Black Caps opener reminded the public of the ball-dominated season in New Zealand this winter.

While England were blasting their way to a first ever 300-plus  run chase at the MCG in ODI history to defeat Australia, Kane Williamson's team were involved in games with much lower totals versus Pakistan.

"It is more a power game if you get on the tracks that are dominating one-day cricket," Guptill said.

"They (England) certainly play quite excitingly when you look at their batting order with Alex Hales and Jason Roy at the top and then Joe Root and Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler through the middle.

"They can get away from you if you don't bowl well.

"But the way the pitches have been for the summer it might not be the 330-350 scores that win games here."

England beat Australia 4-1 in their last ODI series and now face five matches against the Kiwis ahead of two Tests.

"It's going to be an exciting series and I know everybody is looking forward to us getting into it," Guptill added.

England could have New Zealand-born Ben Stokes in their XI for the first time this winter this weekend.

The tourists are 8/11 to win Sunday's opening ODI in Hamilton, while the Black Caps are 11/10.

England are 1/6 to win the series with New Zealand 4/1.

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