Blackcaps vs Bangladesh: Martin Guptill remains aggressive despite top-order struggles

Blackcaps opener Martin Guptill insists he will continue his aggressive approach, as he tries to work his way back into form during the one-day international series against Bangladesh.

New Zealand have struggled at the top of the order so far this summer and with the World Cup looming ever larger, they are yet to settle on a consistent top-order pairing.

On Tuesday, fellow opener Colin Munro hinted to Trackside Radio that he had received a directive from above to adopt a more conservative edge when leading off the innings.

But Guptill, who only managed a top score of 15 during the India series, rejected suggestions that they may need to lean more towards wicket conservation.

"Not really," said Guptill. "We want to go out and play our natural game.

"You can't take a backwards step. Just make sure you're confident and clear about the plans that you've got in place, and what you want to achieve out there.

The 32-year-old pointed to challenging pitch conditions as a factor in the lack of runs produced at the top.

"The one here [Maclean Park] wasn't as hard and fast as we thought it was going to be and we didn’t adapt well enough up front.

"It's all about going out and, when you get out into the middle, adapting as quick as possible… making sure you assess the conditions and get as much communication back to the dressing room as possible."

The Aucklander aggravated a lower disc in his back during the series against India, but passed a fitness test on Sunday to confirm his availability for the three-match series against Bangladesh.

Guptill will partner Henry Nicholls at McLean Park on Wednesday, with Colin Munro set to join the squad for the third and final game to step in for a resting Kane Williamson.

Philosophical about his lack of recent success, the veteran batsman is confident that the form that saw him blast 138 against Sri Lanka last month is just around the corner.

"It happens in cricket, you have a good innings and then you have a wee trough," Guptill reflected.

"Hopefully I can get out and have a good training today, and then come out tomorrow with a clear head and a bit of confidence."

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