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England wickets are flat and good for batting, says Martin Guptill

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opener on Wednesday stated that wickets in England, where the upcoming ICC Men's 2019 will be hosted, are reasonably flat and good for batting.

The 32-year-old has scored 652 runs in 14 games in England; including 189 not out off 155 balls against England. reckoned that pitches would be favourable for batsmen.

"I guess the way the One-Day Cup's gone over there (England), it has been reasonably flat wickets and good for batting, so there could be a few high scores. But then again, at the end of the day, you have got to bat well to get those scores, so we have just got to go out there and prepare well and make sure that we come out firing," ICC quoted Guptill, as saying.

"I do love playing over there. It is very similar conditions to home and you can be at ease over there and you can go out and just chill out when you are away from It is quite a fun place to play cricket, and the fans are great over there as well," he said.

was the behind New Zealand's best-ever campaign in 2015, guiding the team to its maiden tournament final. However, the Kiwis lost to eventual champions by seven wickets at

The opener topped the tournament charts with 547 runs at an average of 68.37 and scored unbeaten 237, the highest individual score at the World Cup, in the quarter-finals against

"I have just got to (go) out there and do my thing. If it is there, I will try to hit it; if it is not, I will look to either block it or get off strike. It sounds simple, doesn't it?" he said.

"But I can tell you it is not. It is about working with your partner at the other end - if he is going, I will try to get him on strike, and if I am going, he will try to get me on strike," Guptill added.

will leave for England on May 19. The team will play against on May 25 and on May 28 in the warm-ups, before opening its campaign against on June 1 in

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First Published: Wed, May 15 2019. 14:24 IST
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