Auckland is backed by our top man

British tennis star Andy Murray is predicting a shock Davis Cup call-up for Norfolk's James Auckland when John Lloyd names his new- look squad for February's daunting trip to Argentina.

British tennis star Andy Murray is predicting a shock Davis Cup call-up for Norfolk's James Auckland when John Lloyd names his new- look squad for February's daunting trip to Argentina.

Newly-promoted Britain have not won a World Group tie since defeating Spain in 1986, and skipper Lloyd is sure to rely heavily on British number one Murray, who is the only player in the side ranked in the world's top 100.

But the young Scot has called on Lloyd to combat Argentina's big guns David Nalbandian, Guillermo Canas and Juan Ignacio Chela by opting for Auckland in the crucial Saturday doubles.

Auckland has experienced a successful year, climbing to No 77 in the world, with just one Briton - Jamie Murray who is ranked number 31 - ahead of him in the Stanford Financial Doubles rankings.

"James is by far the second best doubles player in terms of results and rankings," said Murray. "He has played some good players before and I think he definitely deserves to be in the team.

"The fourth spot behind me, Jamie and Alex Bogdanovic is kind of up for grabs and it all depends on whether John Lloyd decides to opt for a doubles player.

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"You've also got Ross Hutchins in the world's top 100 at present and I guess it's down to John Lloyd to make his decision - it's going to be a tough call."

Auckland, 27, who still harbours realistic ambitions of heading to next year's Olympic Games in Beijing, teamed up with fellow Brit Hutchins at the St Petersburg Open last week.

The pair had appeared to be on a roll after landing the recent Istanbul Challenger doubles title but Auckland and Hutchins crashed out in the first round in Russia.

"There's been a lot of speculation about who will succeed Tim and Greg but Ross and me have been the forgotten men so far," said Auckland.

"A lot of other teams have separate doubles teams like the Americans (Bryan brothers) and I hope one of me and Ross are in with a shout of playing with Jamie.

"Ross and Jamie have got a great future ahead of them in Davis Cup and I'm sure they will have some very successful careers in the doubles and hopefully I can play my part in that."

But Auckland's hopes of forming the first all-British pairing in the world's top 100 face a big challenge after Hutchins this week revealed he was desperate to play alongside Jamie Murray in the near future.

"Jamie has helped me a lot and I'd love to play with him in the coming months," said Hutchins.

"If we go to the same big tournaments then hopefully Jamie will see what I've got and we can then fly the flag together for Britain."