Martin Guptill hamstring injury update due

MARK GEENTY
Last updated 05:00 19/02/2013

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Man of the moment Martin Guptill spent the day after his match-winning innings in a medical centre waiting room in Auckland.

Rather than travel to Napier with his victorious New Zealand team-mates, Guptill was waiting for an MRI scan last night on his injured left hamstring.

An injury update is expected today as Guptill eyes the test series against England, starting on March 6, for his earliest return to the side.

Having limped off Seddon Park yesterday, barely able to walk unaided after suffering the injury while running a quick single, medical staff were well aware he might be required to bat later.

His left leg was iced, then he lay on the dressing room seats testing the range of movement in his hamstring. It was difficult because he was not allowed to be idle for too long.

"He was having a lot of ice treatment when he came off, then he went through a period of stretching, and keeping him loose and keeping him warm," team-mate Kyle Mills said.

"They didn't want him to sit down for a long period ... so he was always on the move and always there to go if need be. Ideally, we wouldn't have liked him to go out and have a bat but we just got to that situation where he was required and, thankfully, he did it from ball one."

Guptill was always going to bat with five overs or fewer remaining to restrict the running required. He arrived on the last ball of the 46th over with New Zealand needing 41 off 25 balls.

There was concern he might aggravate the injury.

"We were trying to not use him at all but it got to a situation where his ability to strike the ball was needed and it got down to those last five to six overs," Mills said.

Guptill blasted 24 off 10 balls to end 27 not out.

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