New Zealand v England, 1st T20, Auckland February 8, 2013

McCullum has no issues with Taylor

ESPNcricinfo staff

Ross Taylor, who took temporary leave of absence from New Zealand cricket after losing the Test captaincy, is in the right frame of mind to return in style against England, according to the man who got his job.

Brendon McCullum took over the New Zealand side that lost two Tests heavily in Taylor's absence in South Africa, but which went on to pull off a surprise win in the subsequent ODI series.

Taylor's frosty relationship with the coach who replaced him, Mike Hesson, has been well chronicled, and led to prolonged soul-searching within New Zealand cricket, but McCullum insisted on the eve of a three-match Twenty20 series against England that his own rapport with Taylor was fine.

"There's not too much to discuss from our point of view - there was never really an issue between us," he said. "It was obviously an uncomfortable time for Ross and other people concerned. But as far as our relationship goes, we're fine. We're looking forward to getting out and playing some cricket together."

McCullum suggested that Taylor's reintegration into the New Zealand set-up had been a swift affair, that the player had returned "happy and smiling" and that Taylor and Hesson have patched up some sort of professional relationship ahead of the first T20 match in Hamilton.

"They seem to be working professionally together as well, and I'm sure over time everything will be healed," McCullum said. "Within the team, it's been dealt with really well. The inner sanctum of the group is working well together and it's a cohesive unit so far. We're comfortable where it sits. Everyone is fine. Ross has come back into the group, and fitted in seamlessly."

McCullum accepted that New Zealand do not have the resources to make light of disruption within their ranks. "We can't let any off-field issues have an impact," he said. ""We're not good enough as a team to allow these sorts of distractions."

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  • Francis on February 10, 2013, 0:23 GMT

    Two words: John Buchanan.

  • Kumar on February 9, 2013, 21:09 GMT

    Am I the only person on cricinfo who sees similarities between what happened with New Zealand and what happened with KKR and Ganguly and the whole split captaincy saga in the 2009 IPL? It cant be a coincidence twice? To me it seems like McCullam really wants the power that comes with being a captain and won't hesitate to step on a mates throat!

    Just sayin'.....

  • nikhil on February 9, 2013, 4:29 GMT

    As much as Iam a big fan of Brendon Mcculums power hitting, but i cannot forget the ill treatment to Rossie. The whole dark episode of Rossie being axed from captaincy would never have materialised, if Brendon had the audacity to stand up to his mate Hesson ,and told him that he wont be a part of such decapitation even if the world is offered to him!! Iam sure Rossie will bounce back, and very soon be back to chasing his mentor Crowe's records. Apart from Rossie the only other potential world class player is Kane Williamson,he has the temperament to score big runs, particularly in the longer format

  • Dummy4 on February 9, 2013, 3:52 GMT

    Full marks to McCullum for the last line.

  • adam on February 9, 2013, 1:05 GMT

    @hettypie: ouch. who do you think you are spouting all these 'facts'? Why not let everyone keep believing blindly that McCullum is 'world class' and 'devestating on his day' (as long as it's the day we play bangledesh). Don't you think his mindless aggression is 'captaincy material'? So what if he quit keeping to be a useless opener, failed miserably, and now gets to bat wherever he wants at the expense of the team? whats your bloody point? That you think the only reason they're selecting Neesham is to make McCullum look good? Get over it and just accept that things are a mindbogglingly incoherent mess.

  • des on February 8, 2013, 18:54 GMT

    Um, was anyone expecting them to come out and say that things are not OK? This is just a bland statement to the media, the truth will come out in time.

    Taylor reminds me a bit of Ranatunga in that picture.

  • paul on February 8, 2013, 18:19 GMT

    yeah right!..... you average 23 over two years and you get the right to drop down the order while someone else who deserves to play misses out......then we have a coach who has done nothing, gets to coach an international team,sack the captain,instal his mate ,then lies and has still got a job?....and now it looks like the capt who cant score runs ,is about to put his brother into the team as the spinner who hasnt even got a 5 wicket bag in first class cricket.....and everything is ok.....give me a break.

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