Zimbabwe in New Zealand, 2011-12 January 27, 2012

Ross Taylor out of series with calf injury

ESPNcricinfo staff

Ross Taylor, the New Zealand captain, has been sidelined for three to four weeks after picking up a calf strain on the second morning of the only Test against Zimbabwe in Napier. Taylor will miss the rest of the Zimbabwe series and is hoping to be fit for the home one-dayers against South Africa in late February.

Taylor was injured attempting a single and was forced to retire hurt on 122 early on the second day. Only 15 overs of play was possible before rain intervened with New Zealand at a strong 392 for 5.

Paul Close, the New Zealand physio, said that Taylor would have further tests before starting a rehabilitation programme. "While it is early days, our target is to have Ross available for the one-day series against South Africa in late February," Close said.

Opener Brendon McCullum is expected to take over the captaincy from Taylor, although no official vice-captain has been named for the Zimbabwe series.

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  • Dummy4 on January 29, 2012, 12:56 GMT

    can anyone tell me if the SA series will be available in india on TV?? the ZIM series is not as you may know..

  • Nish on January 29, 2012, 2:11 GMT

    Atleast they perform and then get injured. Indians don't perform and get injured these days.

  • Anupam on January 28, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    why all new zealand players always injured & injured for a long long time.its their history.

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