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Black Caps begin T20 World Cup preparation with Sri Lanka series

With next year's T20 World Cup looming as the Black Caps' next global assignment, opening batsman Martin Guptill says the side are stepping up their preparations with their upcoming series with Sri Lanka.

The first T20 International against Sri Lanka is on Monday morning NZT and, speaking to the Black Caps' official channel, Guptill detailed where the side are at ahead of their series opener.

"T20 World Cups are always good fun," he said. "Being in Australia next year, it's completely different to conditions we get at home.

"It's going to be nice to start out preparation here, playing in some trialling conditions, then head home with a good five match T20 series against England to lead off the summer."

Guptill arrives in Sri Lanka after plying his trade for English county side Worcester, having to adapt to the conditions that the subcontinent offers.

"It's slightly different to what it's been in England, but that's what you come here for, why you come here a few days early to acclimatise.

"It's very hot and sweaty, you get some pretty wet gear at the end of training."

The Black Caps play three T20 Internationals against Sri Lanka, before beginning their home summer against England on November 1 in Christchurch.

Australia will host the 2020 T20 World Cup, starting next October, and the Black Caps have already qualified.


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