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December 19, 2007
Ross Taylor, the talented New Zealand batsman, is aiming for greater consistency as he attempts to overcome a bumpy ride since his heroics against Australia last summer. Taylor became a closely marked player after his 84 off 82 deliveries in Hobart and 117 at Eden Park, but he has managed only two half-centuries since the World Cup began.
One of those came in the opening match of the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy - he was 5 not out when the rain came in the second fixture in Sydney - and he is looking for another contribution in the final contest of the series in Hobart. "I want to be a more consistent in the next few games," he told NZPA. "It's been a big learning curve, there have been ups and downs. I've had a few more downs than I would have liked but you learn from that."
After making his dramatic introduction against Australia in Hobart, Taylor was whisked off to hospital. He was suffering extreme cramps and was put on a drip.
"It was a high and low," he said. "First bat against Australia, scoring 80, but at the same time it was quite scary not knowing what was wrong with my body." A new diet and training methods have contributed to the pain not returning.
Despite being dominated in the opening two games, New Zealand have a chance to retain the trophy and Taylor was not concerned about his fellow batsmen dealing with Australia's attack. "A few low scores doesn't make you bad players but a few batsmen are in some pretty good form and others aren't," he said. "We are all fired up for this last match."
Brad Haddin, the Australia wicketkeeper, is also excited as he takes over the gloves from Adam Gilchrist for the first time since the tour of New Zealand in February. Haddin has been a permanent part-time member of the side and has relaxed his attitude.
"Five years ago I thought too much about it and it detracted from my performance, but these days I'm doing what works for me and everything will take care of itself," Haddin said in the Australian. "I feel comfortable with my game at the moment, and I feel comfortable at this level."
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