World T20 2016 February 29, 2016

Ross Taylor eyes World T20 return

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New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor believes he will be back to full fitness before the start of the upcoming World Twenty20 in India. Taylor, who captained North Island to victory in the Island of Origin T20 clash against South Island on Sunday, had suffered a muscle tear on his left side and been sidelined for over a month.

That injury ruled Taylor out of New Zealand's home series against Pakistan and Australia, but the batsman was confident he would be back at optimum levels before his team's first game of the World T20, against the hosts India on March 15.

"It was good to get through that [injury], and I'm confident it will get a lot better come the next couple of weeks," Taylor was reported as saying by NZN. "The physios tell me that it's good to stretch it out and over time it will loosen off. I'm sure by the time we play our first game, it's going to be 100%."

Taylor, who last played an international match more than a month ago, stroked an unbeaten 16-ball 26 for North Island, helping the team to a six-wicket win against South Island in Wellington.

New Zealand are in a second-round pool for the World T20 alongside Australia, Pakistan, India and the winner of the qualifying pool played among Bangladesh, Ireland, Netherlands and Oman.

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  • SameOld on March 1, 2016, 5:18 GMT

    Good to see Rossco on the field again, hopefully he is 100% come the 15th. NZ will need some big performances and a bit of luck to get to the finals, but Taylor back in the side and scoring well will certainly improve their chances.

  • muski on February 29, 2016, 16:49 GMT

    A half fit Taylor is better than a fully fit NZ Batsmen apart from Guptill and Kane Williamson. NZ are the Bangladesh of the Down Under. They flatter only to deceive. Hopefully they will do well in the T20 WC

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