New Zealand news March 27, 2013

Taylor not at ease in New Zealand set-up

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New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor has indicated he is not completely at ease within the team's set-up after returning to the squad for the home series against England, following his sacking as captain ahead of the tour to South Africa last year, and his fall-out with coach Mike Hesson.

"I wouldn't say I'm as comfortable as I would like to be, but I guess that will (improve) over time," Taylor told LiveSport, a New Zealand radio show, a day after drawing the Test series against England in a thrilling finish in Auckland. "There are a lot of things that have happened. Maybe over the next couple of weeks or months things might get told, but now is probably not a great time to talk about it."

Taylor's comments were received with disappointment by New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White. "Surprised really. Disappointed. A little bit confused why he would come out with those comments a day after an exceptional Test match where our guys played so well, when everything should be about the team," White said. "It should all be about the team performance now but unfortunately he's come out with these comments and I need to understand his motivation for that and I'll be talking to him about that in the next few days."

Taylor was removed from the New Zealand captaincy in all formats in December 2012 and replaced by Brendon McCullum, who had the backing of Hesson. Taylor then decided to take time off from the game and miss the tour of South Africa because of the manner in which he was ousted, which led New Zealand Cricket to issue an apology for the breakdown in communication within the management.

After declaring himself available for the home series against England, Taylor was picked in all formats but was not in good form, making 23 runs in three Twenty20s and 94 runs in five Test innings. He had a better ODI series, scoring 150 in three matches. He said he was looking forward to the return leg in England during the winter, and that he was pleased with how the newcomers in the squad had performed.

"As one of the senior batters, it's nice for others to come in and score some runs, something I haven't done very much in a New Zealand team is have to wait a couple of sessions to bat," Taylor said. "Hopefully I can start getting used to that trend. We've always had the talent, it's just marrying that together and playing consistent cricket. We've got a good nucleus of young players who are getting more experience now. Time will tell, there are definitely good signs for the future."

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  • youfoundme on March 28, 2013, 2:56 GMT

    It doesn't matter who is leading the side, New Zealand will always perform well if we have a few individuals who fire. Lets look back at the win against Australia, with Bracewell proving the difference between the two sides. And the win against Sri Lanka, with Taylor and Williamson taking the pressure off our bowlers and giving them something to attack with.

    Every top team has these sorts of players who can take the game away, and we are in the midst of doing so. You can praise McCullum, you can call for Taylors return to leadership, but it's not going to make a difference.

    And a big get well soon to Jesse Ryder!!!

  • Sir.Ivor on March 27, 2013, 11:59 GMT

    I really wish Ross would somehow reconcile to the fact thet he is part of a very good team even if he is not the captain. He is a wonderful batsman as we all know and cricket will better for his presence. Besides, I think this is a very good New Zealand team in the making and he could be a big asset. They have a first class bowling attack and a batting that can do well in all conditions. Even in the sub continent.I wish the team will gell once again. Maybe Stephen Fleming should be appointed as their mentor. There are alot of youngsters who could benefit from Stephen's guidance.

  • gcblackcapsfan on March 27, 2013, 10:41 GMT

    Its obvious that Ross is still disappointed by his unjustified sacking from the team captaincy. Hesson & White should be the 1st to display empathy instead of expressing otherwise. Taylor is still a class batsman (& captain) and is only stating the honest facts. Hang in there Rosco!!

  • Min2000 on March 30, 2013, 1:14 GMT

    New Zealand surprised most of us with a good showing against England this summer, but does that automatically clear Hesson (and NZC) of the botched Taylor sacking? Should we forget that senior NZC employees clearly lied about the incident afterwards?

    I get that we need to move on and back the team etc, but in the very least Hesson, Carter, White and anyone else involved needs to admit their mistakes and exonerate Taylor once and for all.

    The most likely scenario now (and NZC should offer this deal to Taylor) is to let McCullum captain the side for a few years and then Taylor can come back and play out his last 3-4 years as skipper (if he wants to).

    By that time Williamson will be in his late 20's and he can take the helm.

    See how easy that was, NZC? It's not rocket science!

  • SDCLFC on March 28, 2013, 22:19 GMT

    Was fine with the declaration - there was heaps of time and that's my point. When I say it was mammoth, I mean that we were so far ahead, especially once Trott, Cooke and Comption had been dismissed, victory should've been straight forward but that McCullum's unconventional tactics, that so many want to hail as magnificent, failed to deliver. And this compares poorly against Taylor as despite Hobart's pitch being a little more exicted, Australia were still expected to chase down their fourth innings total of 240(ish) and that Sri Lanka too had some chance of victory compared to England's zero.What no one seems interested in considering, though Jeremy Coney was asking some of these questions on air, is whether a more conventional approach could've delivered victory. I think so, particularly as for me his high rotation of bowlers meant that our seamers simply weren't at the crease enough and Martin far too much - the 3 seamers workloads on the 5th day was not huge, 55 overs.

  • weasel_zapper on March 28, 2013, 15:32 GMT

    @ SDCLFC Agree that he declared too late, for me when Fulton got out (440 odd lead and say if you're good enough to set a new record lets see it) would've been the best time. Many have been bagging McCullum saying 350-400 would've been sufficient, but imagine the uproar if England had chased that kind of total down on a pretty flat track... To lay the blame squarely on McCullum for the draw is ridiculous, some great (albeit lucky) batting from Prior, a few dropped/near chances, and some unfortunately poor spin from Martin were big factors also.

    I'm just hoping we can carry this form forward to the return series, would like nothing more than to see Taylor score a big hundred over there and McCullum come in a smash them around once again for a quickfire fifty odd. I think our team balance is looking better than what it has for a long time, McCullum has finally realised he's not a test opener and we're picking openers to open as oppose to shoving middle order players in there.

  • truthfinder on March 28, 2013, 13:45 GMT

    Ross Taylor's sacking was not unjustified. The NZ's ODI performance under him has been dismal quite some time and he though occasionally flamboyant was not pretty consistent. So the team management took the decision to change the leadership only in shorter format. Ross should have accepted that gracefully and gone to the difficult tour of South Africa along with the team at least in Test. He was not sacked from Test cricket captaincy and should have continued to be at the helm of that perform well and he would have easily got the captaincy of ODI back after a while once McCullum too start failing. He, although the best Kiwi batter had not yet achieve that much that he would be adamant to refuse country's leadership role in premier format. Had he regard himself in the same stature of Martin Crow or Richard Hadlee? Now he could not perform well in test series and other juniors shows his dispensability, he will struggle to keep his place in team unless he performs consistently

  • SDCLFC on March 28, 2013, 12:13 GMT

    The original claim I was refuting was that Taylor had been shown up by McCullum to be the better captain which was why Taylor was now speaking out (Harry Verry). If I'm honest I would give McCullum a scaled up pass-mark. He lead a galvanised team which got within touching distance of a fantastic result and scaled-up on the handicap that it was only his 5th test in charge. However those who wish to hail his captaincy need to reconcile themselves with the fact that having removed Cooke, Trott and Compton, as well as Finn, 6 wickets in 90 overs should've been straight forward and that this doesn't compare well to the two times Taylor had opportunities to lead his bowling attack to the finish line when he had far fewer runs or overs to work with (McCullum never needed to defend the total from being caught) . The excitment of witnessing a fantastic performance and a great test should not be transferred into believing that he is a fantastic captain. 450+ runs with 140 overs is mammoth.

  • weasel_zapper on March 28, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    @ SDCLFC on (March 27, 2013, 9:41 GMT) you can hardly compare defending totals on a pitch that was doing plenty in Hobart and a deteriorating track in Sri Lanka with that tame track in Auckland. They were great wins sure, but alot of people in support of Taylor conveniently forget the lean times in between. The first matches of both those series we were soundly beaten, and the tour of the West Indies was an absolute disaster.

    To me even though we didn't win that series that was the most galvanised and consistent NZ team that i've seen in a very long time. The fact that everyone seemed to contribute at different times during the series was great, too often we've relied on too few to be competitive.

    Taylor made mistakes as captain, as has McCullum. This whole thing was handled extremely poorly, there's no doubt about that, but at the end of the day I don't blame Hesson for wanting the man he thought was best for the job, as ultimately his head is first on the chopping block.

  • BoyaniA on March 28, 2013, 9:46 GMT

    Ross should have never been treated the way they did , but I think Ross should move on and perform for the country without complaining about his personal issues with the Management.

  • youfoundme on March 28, 2013, 2:56 GMT

    It doesn't matter who is leading the side, New Zealand will always perform well if we have a few individuals who fire. Lets look back at the win against Australia, with Bracewell proving the difference between the two sides. And the win against Sri Lanka, with Taylor and Williamson taking the pressure off our bowlers and giving them something to attack with.

    Every top team has these sorts of players who can take the game away, and we are in the midst of doing so. You can praise McCullum, you can call for Taylors return to leadership, but it's not going to make a difference.

    And a big get well soon to Jesse Ryder!!!

  • Sir.Ivor on March 27, 2013, 11:59 GMT

    I really wish Ross would somehow reconcile to the fact thet he is part of a very good team even if he is not the captain. He is a wonderful batsman as we all know and cricket will better for his presence. Besides, I think this is a very good New Zealand team in the making and he could be a big asset. They have a first class bowling attack and a batting that can do well in all conditions. Even in the sub continent.I wish the team will gell once again. Maybe Stephen Fleming should be appointed as their mentor. There are alot of youngsters who could benefit from Stephen's guidance.

  • gcblackcapsfan on March 27, 2013, 10:41 GMT

    Its obvious that Ross is still disappointed by his unjustified sacking from the team captaincy. Hesson & White should be the 1st to display empathy instead of expressing otherwise. Taylor is still a class batsman (& captain) and is only stating the honest facts. Hang in there Rosco!!

  • Min2000 on March 30, 2013, 1:14 GMT

    New Zealand surprised most of us with a good showing against England this summer, but does that automatically clear Hesson (and NZC) of the botched Taylor sacking? Should we forget that senior NZC employees clearly lied about the incident afterwards?

    I get that we need to move on and back the team etc, but in the very least Hesson, Carter, White and anyone else involved needs to admit their mistakes and exonerate Taylor once and for all.

    The most likely scenario now (and NZC should offer this deal to Taylor) is to let McCullum captain the side for a few years and then Taylor can come back and play out his last 3-4 years as skipper (if he wants to).

    By that time Williamson will be in his late 20's and he can take the helm.

    See how easy that was, NZC? It's not rocket science!

  • SDCLFC on March 28, 2013, 22:19 GMT

    Was fine with the declaration - there was heaps of time and that's my point. When I say it was mammoth, I mean that we were so far ahead, especially once Trott, Cooke and Comption had been dismissed, victory should've been straight forward but that McCullum's unconventional tactics, that so many want to hail as magnificent, failed to deliver. And this compares poorly against Taylor as despite Hobart's pitch being a little more exicted, Australia were still expected to chase down their fourth innings total of 240(ish) and that Sri Lanka too had some chance of victory compared to England's zero.What no one seems interested in considering, though Jeremy Coney was asking some of these questions on air, is whether a more conventional approach could've delivered victory. I think so, particularly as for me his high rotation of bowlers meant that our seamers simply weren't at the crease enough and Martin far too much - the 3 seamers workloads on the 5th day was not huge, 55 overs.

  • weasel_zapper on March 28, 2013, 15:32 GMT

    @ SDCLFC Agree that he declared too late, for me when Fulton got out (440 odd lead and say if you're good enough to set a new record lets see it) would've been the best time. Many have been bagging McCullum saying 350-400 would've been sufficient, but imagine the uproar if England had chased that kind of total down on a pretty flat track... To lay the blame squarely on McCullum for the draw is ridiculous, some great (albeit lucky) batting from Prior, a few dropped/near chances, and some unfortunately poor spin from Martin were big factors also.

    I'm just hoping we can carry this form forward to the return series, would like nothing more than to see Taylor score a big hundred over there and McCullum come in a smash them around once again for a quickfire fifty odd. I think our team balance is looking better than what it has for a long time, McCullum has finally realised he's not a test opener and we're picking openers to open as oppose to shoving middle order players in there.

  • truthfinder on March 28, 2013, 13:45 GMT

    Ross Taylor's sacking was not unjustified. The NZ's ODI performance under him has been dismal quite some time and he though occasionally flamboyant was not pretty consistent. So the team management took the decision to change the leadership only in shorter format. Ross should have accepted that gracefully and gone to the difficult tour of South Africa along with the team at least in Test. He was not sacked from Test cricket captaincy and should have continued to be at the helm of that perform well and he would have easily got the captaincy of ODI back after a while once McCullum too start failing. He, although the best Kiwi batter had not yet achieve that much that he would be adamant to refuse country's leadership role in premier format. Had he regard himself in the same stature of Martin Crow or Richard Hadlee? Now he could not perform well in test series and other juniors shows his dispensability, he will struggle to keep his place in team unless he performs consistently

  • SDCLFC on March 28, 2013, 12:13 GMT

    The original claim I was refuting was that Taylor had been shown up by McCullum to be the better captain which was why Taylor was now speaking out (Harry Verry). If I'm honest I would give McCullum a scaled up pass-mark. He lead a galvanised team which got within touching distance of a fantastic result and scaled-up on the handicap that it was only his 5th test in charge. However those who wish to hail his captaincy need to reconcile themselves with the fact that having removed Cooke, Trott and Compton, as well as Finn, 6 wickets in 90 overs should've been straight forward and that this doesn't compare well to the two times Taylor had opportunities to lead his bowling attack to the finish line when he had far fewer runs or overs to work with (McCullum never needed to defend the total from being caught) . The excitment of witnessing a fantastic performance and a great test should not be transferred into believing that he is a fantastic captain. 450+ runs with 140 overs is mammoth.

  • weasel_zapper on March 28, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    @ SDCLFC on (March 27, 2013, 9:41 GMT) you can hardly compare defending totals on a pitch that was doing plenty in Hobart and a deteriorating track in Sri Lanka with that tame track in Auckland. They were great wins sure, but alot of people in support of Taylor conveniently forget the lean times in between. The first matches of both those series we were soundly beaten, and the tour of the West Indies was an absolute disaster.

    To me even though we didn't win that series that was the most galvanised and consistent NZ team that i've seen in a very long time. The fact that everyone seemed to contribute at different times during the series was great, too often we've relied on too few to be competitive.

    Taylor made mistakes as captain, as has McCullum. This whole thing was handled extremely poorly, there's no doubt about that, but at the end of the day I don't blame Hesson for wanting the man he thought was best for the job, as ultimately his head is first on the chopping block.

  • BoyaniA on March 28, 2013, 9:46 GMT

    Ross should have never been treated the way they did , but I think Ross should move on and perform for the country without complaining about his personal issues with the Management.

  • orangtan on March 28, 2013, 9:36 GMT

    Ross Taylor is understandably still upset over the underhand way he was sacked and is honest enough to admit that he is yet to reintegrate completely. For the Whites of this world to call his team spirit into question is just an attempt to deflect the attention from their own abysmal performance . The fact that the Poms singled out Taylor for sledging shows that they know his position in NZ cricket is parlous. Don't get carried away, the administration is too rotten to allow the Kiwis to sustain their success.

  • on March 28, 2013, 7:04 GMT

    Sounds like a total over reaction from David White. It's a pity Ross Taylor has to put up with such a poor administrator who seems eager to miss-understand Ross's comments!

  • on March 28, 2013, 2:12 GMT

    The BLACKCAPS time and time again have been criticised for lack of mental toughness. It's extremely hard to see why people want to go back to a man who needed an entire month to 'recover' after being asked to give up the limited over captaincy and then throwing his toys out the cot. The replacement captain is one who had he declared ten to thirty minutes earlier would have most likely led his side to the first test series win over England in fifteen years. Why are we having this conversation?

  • pmahone on March 28, 2013, 0:09 GMT

    Seems like a straight-forward, honest response to a straight question. He didn't bag anyone, just tried to explain his personal comfort level in a new situation.

    The quasi-business culture overtaking sport seems to mean honesty is now forbidden. Everyone must tow the party line, no matter how ridiculous, inane and, frankly, insulting it is to the fans. Or, should I say, consumers?

  • JamesTHEwalldravid on March 27, 2013, 23:31 GMT

    Fickle! I find it amazing how many fans are suddenly so over the moon after one good series that they are now backing McCullum and portraying Taylor as the bad guy. I find it extremely fickle and to be frank I have lost a lot of respect for NZ cricket fans as a result. Are people really that shallow? It seems that all that matters is getting good results whereas values and respect are superfluous.

    After everything that has gone on in the background and everything that has come to light in the media, people still doubt Taylor and question his motives and his character?

  • bobbo2 on March 27, 2013, 22:56 GMT

    Let's just move on.

    The Taylor issue was handled badly by NZC but I do think it was the right move. I like and respect Taylor but McCullum is clearly a stronger leader. The way NZ have played in the SA one day series and against England shows to me that it is the right way forward.

    So let's just move on from what happened. it doesn't help the team to keep banging on about it.

    I hope Taylor can show us the batsman he can be. When he comes good, NZ will have the strongest batting line up its had in a long time. The bowlers show a lot of potential and with youth on their side, I really think this team could go a long way.

  • on March 27, 2013, 21:59 GMT

    David White makes me so mad. Everybody knows that the dumping of Ross Taylor was done in the most shameful and unprofessional fashion and for that reason it is absolutely natural for Ross to feel somewhat uncomfortable coming back into the team set up. Then for White to try and use the current euphoria over the team performance against Ross after his honest response to media questions is not on. I am thrilled that so many NZ players stood up in this last series and showed some of the potential that has been talked about for a long time. But part of the success was due to McCullum finally eating humble pie and accepting that his position in the batting order should be 6 rather than opening where he is less likely to encounter the new ball early in his innings. Ross Taylor has been the most consistent performer for some time and is the only senior player with an average over 40. White should fall on his sword and get someone in who can man manage.

  • Big_Chikka on March 27, 2013, 21:59 GMT

    such a shame, vultures still after ross taylor, this was just one series and an england team finding their feet with new players and perhaps complacent to start with. people going on about mccullum as if he's the best thing since slice bread and using a drawn series to criticize taylor unwarranted. had taylor scored a couple of hundreds he'd have felt better for sure, does that mean transitioning back into the team would be easier, maybe, but not guaranteed.

  • nakihunter on March 27, 2013, 21:09 GMT

    This is about professionals doing their job right.

    Ross Taylor is a true professional and was doing his job. The team recovered from a very difficult Sri lankan tour in the last test.

    Mike Hesson did not do his job well. His appalling treatment of Taylor was most unprofessional and he has to answer for that. Has David White taken Hesson to task for not doing his job right?

    I think David White is also responsible for the sad situation where NZ is prepared to destroy the career of its best batsman!

    David White is not doing his job right.

  • SDCLFC on March 27, 2013, 20:28 GMT

    @Harry Verry. And if Botham were in charge we would run out our senior batsmen on purpose if they were batting too slow, have the team round for a bbq the night before the last day of the test, and have a return to wacky-backy sponsored tours. I love him but sometimes his calls are wide of the mark. Why do you praise McCulullum's leadership for failing to close out the most winning fourth innings bowling position an NZ captain has had against a top tier side, but when Taylor defends 240 against the Aussies he's lucky to be the guy in charge. McCullum's tactics came up short. Unconventional and different is not the same as intelligent, especially when it fails. I loved the test and the performance but I fail to see how it translates to McCullum being a genius when we didn't win.

  • on March 27, 2013, 20:25 GMT

    Congrats NZ cricket and England cricket for a great test series esp given the ave weather. As for Mr Taylor, possibly he is just upset with his own form so he is making an excuse for his batting failures? I think that is closer to the mark. :)

  • on March 27, 2013, 20:21 GMT

    So, presumably Taylor was asked about it on the radio show. What do folk want him to do? Lie and say everything's just fine? He's not saying that he doesn't want to play, or that he should be treated differently, he's just saying that there were tensions in his reintegration into the squad, which is hardly unexpected. Mountain out of a Molehill. Must be a slow news day.

  • Glenn10 on March 27, 2013, 20:12 GMT

    I Think White is the prima donna here. Why even comment on it. Taylor was asked a question and he answered it. Big deal. Was he suppose to lie and say its all rosy? I get the impression Taylor is fine with his team mates and probably with everyone except Hessen, who appears to have a sharp cricketing brain, but very few man management skills. The decision to change Captains was the right one, as McCullum captained the side very well in this series. It was just the appauling way they dropped Taylor. 10 year olds would have managed that better. On his form, for once it didn't matter. The others stood up. Usually if Taylor fails NZ fails. Nice to see that's changing.

  • 22many on March 27, 2013, 17:31 GMT

    So it has been reported today that one of the three who went to Taylors room approached Taylor in Wellington during the second test, and appoligised for the way the sacking was handled....what is he saying?...is he saying, what he and the other two said to the press and the public of NZ, is not true and in fact they have lied, or is he saying what they did wasnt good timing?....Clear the air please NZC....no wonder there is confusion. Or is there a break down between management here?

  • on March 27, 2013, 17:26 GMT

    I reckon Ross is talking about Hesson, White and the management at CNZ and not necessarily the playing staff. His introversion was cited as not translating well to a leadership role and is the very thing coming to the fore now so why is White surprised? This lot of bunglers needs to go as man management's clearly beyond them. That said, Rosco should just get on with it, knuckle down and play while he still has public sympathy. The rest will sort itself out.

  • Burbon on March 27, 2013, 17:07 GMT

    I don't know what people expect from Ross he's only human , here he was replaced by someone( B McCullum )who openly expressed their disappointment at not being given the captaincy when Ross was selected . Who knows if Ross was undermined by BM during his stint. It's not far fetched either , just ask Courtney Walsh. Stuff happens

  • on March 27, 2013, 16:34 GMT

    i hate to say ot ross but yes you were treated incredibly badly and you took your time comming back as was your right but right after an incredible team performance to wine about not being comfortable to the press is not on. you have a problem you sit hesson and mccullum down and tell them, you don't air anymore dirty linen in public. if your not feelign comfortable then you either get over it or make yourself unavailable. hate to say it my friend but other than making some nice catches and batting well in the second innings at the basib you really didn't do anything...and this from someone firmly behind ross when he was sacked...so grow up ross or throw the toys out of the pram and leave...

  • WestIndianInDA on March 27, 2013, 16:18 GMT

    Being a West Indian, I thought it was only Chris Gayle that got into problem with cricket bosses when he spoke the truth and openly, I see the same is happening to Ross, I mean let us be honest it will take time for all of the issues to be buried.....and as is always the case with the media they ask questions and then the responses are always thrown out of context. I wish Ross well because he is good at his game and it can only benefit NZ, give him some time he needs it to fit in again. And maybe cricketers should not respond to questions from the media that will and can spark flames.....

  • ThyrSaadam on March 27, 2013, 16:06 GMT

    Time to perform! Pressure is on with others doing well!

  • on March 27, 2013, 15:57 GMT

    It seems to me that he is acting a bit like a prima donna...in that he doesn't feel at home if he's not captain. Wake up and smell the coffee Ross... You are now just another player.. knuckle down and accept it or walk away... It's your choice.

  • Surajdon9 on March 27, 2013, 15:47 GMT

    Ross is Just Overrated MAC is best..

  • on March 27, 2013, 15:38 GMT

    Yes McCullum is a great leader but that does change the fact that Taylor started the winning trend with a weak team. their's something call RESPECT! when you are giving that you can live that know matter the situation. If Mr Hesson done his homework he would not have been in this mess The team is on a high done expect Taylor to sweep the incident under the table,everyone have their pride to with stand. I am surprised at the chief executive when he had his chance to address the matter he said nothing. I want to say it goes deeper than cricket but am not close enough to speak. Would Vettori have giving this kind of treatment! I think NOT. all said and done McCullum proved to be the better captain for NewZealand in the long run. If asked Taylor should never except captain again...

  • AB_DeVilliers on March 27, 2013, 15:16 GMT

    I don't rate McCullum as a captain at all. His team and his tactics in SA were appalling - they were absolutely hammered in the tests. Ross would be my choice.

  • StevieS on March 27, 2013, 14:52 GMT

    I now believe that McCullum should stay as captain but Hesson and the rest of the board need to be shown the door and the sooner the better. Imagine this team with someone like Wright or Rixon in charge and a board made up of ex-cricketers.

  • on March 27, 2013, 14:48 GMT

    How quickly Dave White has forgotten the shocking way in which he and NZ cricket ousted Taylor from the captaincy. It will indeed take time for Rosco to fully put the whole debacle behind him, particularly when White is still in charge and had such a big role. Taylor is just being honest but is being made to look like a criminal in White's eyes. I agree with Ed Fuller there, the comments have been blown out of proportion by the media and White.

  • drdickdixon on March 27, 2013, 14:46 GMT

    This was painfully evident when Williamson took the wicket of Broad. All the team went straight to Williamson to celebrate and Taylor was left on the outside of the huddle. Spoke volumes.

  • on March 27, 2013, 14:38 GMT

    It was awkward to watch Ross on field in the final test match. With McC limping around and consulting Kane in between (which happened quite a few times), I wasn't sure if Rosco was involved there. He looked out of place, or may be its just the mind playing tricks. This might actually be a problem: "There are a lot of things that have happened. Maybe over the next couple of weeks or months things might get told, but now is probably not a great time to talk about it."

  • aavalentine on March 27, 2013, 14:23 GMT

    Nope - everyone would be better off if Hesson was sacked. Taylor could ease his way back, not as captain. There is no way I'd be a fan of NZ cricket ever again, despite the "success" of the English tour, unless heads roll.

    Taylor is being portrayed as the bad guy now, especially in this article and by David White (another person who should go). This is unfair.

  • NixNixon on March 27, 2013, 14:03 GMT

    Yes agree, time for Taylor to move on!

  • venkatesh018 on March 27, 2013, 12:09 GMT

    Move on, Ross. It is time to speak with the bat.

  • bobbo2 on March 27, 2013, 12:01 GMT

    What happened was bad but the right decision I feel. It's not just the English series, NZ did really well to win the one day series in SA under McCullum.

    Taylor and everyone else needs to get over what happened and move on.

    Taylor is a good player and we all want to see him make the most of his talents.

  • on March 27, 2013, 11:53 GMT

    If the NZ management doesn't act with more wisdom and thought than they have displayed in the past few months, Taylor may announce his retirement, or at least be unavailable for the uncoming tour of England. Taylor's feelings and emotions are more than understandable. He needs encouragement , otherwise NZ could lneedlessly lose an excellent player.

  • DustBowl on March 27, 2013, 11:23 GMT

    NZ expects every man should do his duty. Even if Hessen is guilty of very poor man mgt. The team, under McC seem, is surely a sound place you can do what you love doing. He has a great talent, but should concentrate on not trying to show it every ball.

  • on March 27, 2013, 11:01 GMT

    Im sorry, but I do not believe it is premature. Ian Botham one of the greats has already labelled McCullum one of the best he's seen. England batted out of their skin and are a top tier nation as you pointed out, as well as this there was a crucial dropped catch so your point about McCullum not being able to push victory is completely flawed. It is obvious he is techinically superior look at the field placings and sheer agression, also in light to your comments whilst those victories in Sri Lanka and Hobart were great they were down to excellent bowling performances not inspired captaincy.

  • on March 27, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    All he's done is answer a question honestly. Sounds like it is just a couple of lines taken from an interview where he did mainly talk about the team and the newcomers performances.

  • on March 27, 2013, 9:50 GMT

    @harry verry McCullum has proven that he is a good leader and has a lot of potential. However to say he has proven he is a better leader than Taylor is premature. Taylor won test matches as captain against Australia and Sri Lanka - Both away from home. McCullum has yet to win a test match as captain, though showed a lot of promise in this test series. Ross Taylor won his last test as captain and was very astute in his field placements and game management in that match and was looking like he was growing nicely as a leader. I'm not saying that McCullum won't make a better leader, but it's not as clear cut as you make out, and Taylor has not been given enough respect during his reintegration into the squad. At the very least he should have been made the vice captain and consulted as a respected leader. He said in an earlier interview he didn't even know who was leading the team if McCullum goes off the field. Very little communication there, they treat him too much like an outsider.

  • Anubhav-the-Experience on March 27, 2013, 9:45 GMT

    It must be a personal thing, he should not blame others for his own confusion. Its nice to see that NZ are getting up back on their feet. About them it always feels as if there are just going to do it, but they just don't do it. There should be at least 10 top teams today we have what Aus,Eng,Ind,Pak,SA and to an extent SL..I hope New Zealand improves and countries like Canada improve their cricket.

  • SDCLFC on March 27, 2013, 9:41 GMT

    @Harry Verry - He hasn't been shown up but McCullum. This was not a victory. I doubt any other NZ captain has had 450+ runs and 140 overs in the fourth innings against a top tier team, and yet we came up short. Can you think of how Taylor has performed as skipper when defending a fourth innings total? Sri Lanka? Hobart? In those games we didn't have nearly the runs or overs we had yesterday and yet Taylor lead our bowlers to the finish line. Think again on this please. The assertion that McCullum is a fine skipper feels to me more like the Emperor has no clothes. The more we tell ourselves he is and the more he behaves the way we expect the more we will believe - for me it just isn't there

  • on March 27, 2013, 9:41 GMT

    He should just try and concentrate on his batting and try to get some sort of form and yeah stop making "Pietersonish" comment lol...:)

  • Nutcutlet on March 27, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    I'm sorry to read that RT feels as he does. I'm sure that he must be hurting & the degree of hurt he's feeling will be in direct proportion to his ego. Those with big egos have gter difficulty in moving on, because their world view is dominated by their own agendas, often to the exclusion of others' POV. But nothing is black & white in these areas. There needs to be a mutual coming together - RT to the team & specifically the captain, & the capt. towards Ross. It needs to be a gradual process & both would be well advised to do what I call the 'Atticus Thing' (from To Kill a Mockingbird, of course): walk a mile in the other man's shoes to appreciate his position. Another word is empathy, isn't it? If BrendonMcCullum is the leader & man that I think him to be, he'll recognise that an integrated & happy Ross is a Ross that will commit & perform to his utmost for the team. The situation challenges all parties & their maturity will be assessed by the manner & quality of the reconciliation

  • Cric_god_Sachin on March 27, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    Sour grapes aye ross !!! never mind bro..

  • on March 27, 2013, 9:05 GMT

    In all honesty it seems as though Taylor just wants the attention again just to remind everyone and take the shine off the fact his successor has shown that he is a far better leader and a far far far better tactician. Really disappointing, its not uncommon for people to be fired Ross.

  • bailey8210 on March 27, 2013, 8:37 GMT

    Im a big fan of new zealand cricket but the board need to pull there head in because all ross taylor was doing is being honest about a situation that should not have happened, the board should just come forward and admit to what had happened. It would not surprise me if they dropped ross taylor from the team, so all ross has to do is go and score the runs for the team. whats going to happen if we dont get the results that we want will they drop brendon mccullum as captain no because then it would reflected bad on them.

  • TATTUs on March 27, 2013, 8:22 GMT

    Bad timing even though it may be a honest answer. But he as added that it may improve over time.

  • markthespark on March 27, 2013, 8:21 GMT

    @Matt Gibb: If someone was treated awfully in a job and shunned by his colleagues then what would he do? He'd quit and go work somewhere else. So yeah, why not? You might need to sweeten the deal a bit though. What could you give us in return? We could use a really threatening spinner, but I think you're still looking for one of those too. Anyway, I think South Africa might have first dibs on Taylor, for some reason they think we owe them...

  • 22many on March 27, 2013, 7:54 GMT

    blown up by the media.....honest answer to a question asked....hell I woulldnt be that happy either when you are trying to play a test match after what he hadbeen through, and your coach goes and does a full page interview in a sunday paper on the third day of a test match and basicly says his bowling coach and Taylor were not telling the truth....dont forget Trent Woodhoouse came out in favour of Bond, Taylor and also said Taylor was getting under mined by management on the tour to the WI...Then Hesson came on board and this continued....White cant understand why Taylor made the statement....why didnt you shut down your coach....why did you allow the 60 min program on Hesson and McCullum show while the third test was on....talk about communication skills...fire the lot

  • markthespark on March 27, 2013, 7:54 GMT

    I'm not at all surprised Taylor has felt comfortable, as much as they tried to portray an 'everyone is happy now' vibe it's pretty obvious nasty stuff went down and the consequences of that aren't going to just go away. Having said that, the reason I thought Taylor was portraying the 'everyone is happy now' vibe is so it would all go away and people would stop talking about it. He was just frankly answering a straight question this morning on the radio, but it's just stoked it all up again and he won't get any peace about it for weeks again. Public support was overwhelmingly for him before too, not sure the public have the appetite to do this again, especially now performances have turned a corner.

  • on March 27, 2013, 7:41 GMT

    Tell him to come to Australia! We'd gladly take him. He'd also probably walk into the team at this rate.

  • on March 27, 2013, 7:15 GMT

    He was asked a question, at least he's not lying about it and trying to make it seem like everything is fine when it isn't. Of course it's still gonna be a bit awkward, but hardly a major issue.

  • on March 27, 2013, 7:15 GMT

    He was asked a question, at least he's not lying about it and trying to make it seem like everything is fine when it isn't. Of course it's still gonna be a bit awkward, but hardly a major issue.

  • on March 27, 2013, 7:41 GMT

    Tell him to come to Australia! We'd gladly take him. He'd also probably walk into the team at this rate.

  • markthespark on March 27, 2013, 7:54 GMT

    I'm not at all surprised Taylor has felt comfortable, as much as they tried to portray an 'everyone is happy now' vibe it's pretty obvious nasty stuff went down and the consequences of that aren't going to just go away. Having said that, the reason I thought Taylor was portraying the 'everyone is happy now' vibe is so it would all go away and people would stop talking about it. He was just frankly answering a straight question this morning on the radio, but it's just stoked it all up again and he won't get any peace about it for weeks again. Public support was overwhelmingly for him before too, not sure the public have the appetite to do this again, especially now performances have turned a corner.

  • 22many on March 27, 2013, 7:54 GMT

    blown up by the media.....honest answer to a question asked....hell I woulldnt be that happy either when you are trying to play a test match after what he hadbeen through, and your coach goes and does a full page interview in a sunday paper on the third day of a test match and basicly says his bowling coach and Taylor were not telling the truth....dont forget Trent Woodhoouse came out in favour of Bond, Taylor and also said Taylor was getting under mined by management on the tour to the WI...Then Hesson came on board and this continued....White cant understand why Taylor made the statement....why didnt you shut down your coach....why did you allow the 60 min program on Hesson and McCullum show while the third test was on....talk about communication skills...fire the lot

  • markthespark on March 27, 2013, 8:21 GMT

    @Matt Gibb: If someone was treated awfully in a job and shunned by his colleagues then what would he do? He'd quit and go work somewhere else. So yeah, why not? You might need to sweeten the deal a bit though. What could you give us in return? We could use a really threatening spinner, but I think you're still looking for one of those too. Anyway, I think South Africa might have first dibs on Taylor, for some reason they think we owe them...

  • TATTUs on March 27, 2013, 8:22 GMT

    Bad timing even though it may be a honest answer. But he as added that it may improve over time.

  • bailey8210 on March 27, 2013, 8:37 GMT

    Im a big fan of new zealand cricket but the board need to pull there head in because all ross taylor was doing is being honest about a situation that should not have happened, the board should just come forward and admit to what had happened. It would not surprise me if they dropped ross taylor from the team, so all ross has to do is go and score the runs for the team. whats going to happen if we dont get the results that we want will they drop brendon mccullum as captain no because then it would reflected bad on them.

  • on March 27, 2013, 9:05 GMT

    In all honesty it seems as though Taylor just wants the attention again just to remind everyone and take the shine off the fact his successor has shown that he is a far better leader and a far far far better tactician. Really disappointing, its not uncommon for people to be fired Ross.

  • Cric_god_Sachin on March 27, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    Sour grapes aye ross !!! never mind bro..

  • Nutcutlet on March 27, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    I'm sorry to read that RT feels as he does. I'm sure that he must be hurting & the degree of hurt he's feeling will be in direct proportion to his ego. Those with big egos have gter difficulty in moving on, because their world view is dominated by their own agendas, often to the exclusion of others' POV. But nothing is black & white in these areas. There needs to be a mutual coming together - RT to the team & specifically the captain, & the capt. towards Ross. It needs to be a gradual process & both would be well advised to do what I call the 'Atticus Thing' (from To Kill a Mockingbird, of course): walk a mile in the other man's shoes to appreciate his position. Another word is empathy, isn't it? If BrendonMcCullum is the leader & man that I think him to be, he'll recognise that an integrated & happy Ross is a Ross that will commit & perform to his utmost for the team. The situation challenges all parties & their maturity will be assessed by the manner & quality of the reconciliation