NZ's Guptill embraces T20 unpredictability

Twenty20 cricket is a funny old game, Martin Guptill says - one night you're fizzing, the next you're off the pace.

Which is why the big-hitting opener isn't placing too much stock in either his Black Caps' last-up loss to Australia in Sydney or Tuesday's victory over England.

Guptill's Caps face off against Australia again on Friday, knowing a victory at Eden Park would guarantee them a spot in the T20 tri-series final.

But for the 31-year-old, the past held few clues.

His side would simply have to rock up on the day, stick to their game plan and do their best for a chance at victory over their trans-Tasman rivals.

"To be fair, I don't know if the records count for much anymore - any team who plays well on the day is going to win," Guptill told reporters.

"It's all about who gets into the game quickest on the day.

"In a series like this, you've got to move on pretty quickly - learn quick, move on quick and then just get ready for the next game, and that's what we've done.

"Tomorrow poses another challenge."

Guptill bashed out a solid 65 on Tuesday against England, forming a second-wicket partnership with Kane Williamson and guiding his side to a 12-run win.

He'll be called on from the outset again on Friday, supported by Colin Munro and later by Williamson, Colin de Grandhomme and Ross Taylor.

He hoped to keep his good form ticking over.

"It was nice to spend a bit of time out in the middle the other night and get things going back to where they were in previous seasons," Guptill said.

"We've done our scouting, hopefully we come out and take it to them."

The unbeaten Australians are already in the tri-series final.

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