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Guptill thinks New Zealand is on track for ICC Champions Trophy success

Kiwi opener Martin Guptill believes that the ICC Champions Trophy could be won by any of the eight competing teams in June, but has backed his team to do well

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Martin Guptill is confident of success at the ICC Champions Trophy
Kiwi opener Martin Guptill believes that the ICC Champions Trophy could be won by any of the eight competing teams in June, but has backed his team to do well.

Guptill, whose New Zealand side finished as runners-up in the 2009 event, believes the tournament, which is being held from 6-23 June, will be hotly contested when the teams gather in the UK.

"Any dog can have their day. We weren't expected to get anywhere near the final in the last Champions Trophy and we ended up losing the final to Australia," said Guptill.

"Obviously you have South Africa, Australia, the English in their own conditions - everybody can have their own day. There are obviously the sub-continent teams as well - the Indians, the Pakistanis, and Sri Lanka are also a very good side. It just depends who is on form on the day and who gets the wins under their belts."

Guptill is hopeful that his New Zealand side can go one better than in the last edition of the tournament and provide a morale boost for his team ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, which his country will jointly host with Australia.

"I think we are going to go very well. We are a confident team, we have confident players and we are ready to go. "For the Blackcaps, winning the ICC Champions Trophy would be a massive step forward to winning the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2015.

New Zealand, who have had a keenly contested T20 and ODI series with England on home soil, go into the event with a confidence boosting win over South Africa earlier in the year.

"We had a tough time in the Test matches over there and to bounce back and to get a one-day series win over there was a special effort by the guys," he said.

Guptill believes that New Zealand's promising young attack, led by the likes of Tim Southee and Trent Boult, could flourish not only at the ICC Champions Trophy but in the future as well.

"We've got a good bunch of lads there at the moment. We've got some good young quick bowlers coming through who are starting to step up and take charge of the bowling unit. That is pretty pleasing from our point of view and hopefully they can do that for the next eight to ten years," he said.

"We have got some good batters in there as well. Ross Taylor is a world class player and it is good to have him back in the side. We also have Brendon McCullum and we all know what he can do."

Guptill, who injured his hamstring in the opening ODI against England, will face a challenging test in English conditions, especially opening the batting.

"Trying to keep consistent throughout the different tours is very hard. Playing in different conditions against different bowlers is a tough game," said Guptill.

"Opening the batting is one of the toughest places to bat. The conditions are usually against you - a new hard ball that swings around a bit and nips a bit. It is tough but enjoyable at the same time."

A video version of this interview is available by clicking here.

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