New Zealand news January 10, 2013

Taylor hints at return for England series

ESPNcricinfo staff

Ross Taylor has indicated that he could be available for New Zealand's home series against England next month, his first comments on returning to the game since being stripped of the captaincy.

"All the best to the @BLACKCAPS for the second Test [against South Africa in Port Elizabeth]. Looking forward to working my way back for the home series against England," Taylor said on Twitter. "Back into training and it's going well. Can't wait to get out on the park with @CDStags on 24 January."

Central Districts, Taylor's domestic side, play a Plunket Shield match against Canterbury on January 24, two weeks before the first T20 international between New Zealand and England.

Taylor was removed from the New Zealand captaincy in all formats in December and replaced by Brendon McCullum, who had the backing of New Zealand coach, Mike Hesson. Taylor decided to take time off from the game 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.

Taylor has not played any matches - international or domestic - since New Zealand's tour of Sri Lanka, where they drew the Test series 1-1 in November. New Zealand are presently touring South Africa without Taylor. They lost the T20 series 2-1 and are trailing 1-0 in the Tests.

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  • Dummy4 on January 13, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    To compete with England in the ODI's and Tests NZ will have to field a full strength team - The likes of Taylor, Ryder, Southee, Vettori have to be in the side. They are relatively consistent performers at international level and need to be there to provide guidance for the younger players in the side who have shown much promise but have yet to deliver (Williamson, Guptill). The importance of player combinations should not be understated - Having a proper opening batsmen with some international experience such as Lou Vincent would definitely be good for Guptill (McCullum is middle-lower order batsmen at best); Taylor batting with Williamson; Ryder and McCullum combine well in the middle order and having Vetorri there in the lower order to guide the new middle-lower order batsmen in the team (Munro, Cachopa) would be ideal. The players are there - the mental approach and hence game management (like course management in golf) needs to be priority if we are to see success against England

  • John on January 12, 2013, 14:42 GMT

    @Ken McCarron on (January 10 2013, 20:12 PM GMT), FFL is in a stupidity competition with RandyOZ and, while FFL is putting in a good effort, Randy just has too big a lead on him. "Minnow" is not originally an FFL phrase, so if you find it annoying then thank your countryman.

  • John on January 12, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    As someone who lives in Australia but doesn't support the Australia cricket team, I naturally have a softspot for NZ, who are Australia's neighbour and therefore natural sporting rival. They have long been over-achievers based on available player and financial resources, so it pains me to see their current struggles. As an England fan, I'm a little conflicted about the upcoming series. England have had their own troubles lately and I want them to score some emphatic wins and make their way back to the top of the rankings, but I also don't want to see NZ continually thumped by anybody. Whatever happens, I hope NZ are not prevented from putting their best team on the field by politics. I guess I'd like to see England win every game but not by huge margins. We'll save the thumpings for the following Ashes series. I'd then like to see NZ get their house in order and stop losing so regularly, then start winning some.

  • Dummy4 on January 11, 2013, 11:12 GMT

    i just want to say one thing......taylor is more important to nz than piterson is to england.

  • adeel on January 11, 2013, 5:29 GMT

    NZ need a calm collective leader and Mcclum isn't that !! why would the take captaincy from ross taylor is beyond me. ... taylor and jesse ryder would've been top players for NZ but now no one will know how high ryder could've gone.

  • chris on January 11, 2013, 4:57 GMT

    In responce to Chris Rowe I think you are a little miss guided. in the last 20 years NZ and Eng have played in 8 series which england have won 6, lost 1 and drawn 1. england have won the last 3 and we drew in 01/02. NZ's only win came in 99. england will walk this series. to much depth in our bowling stocks and with Cook, KP and prior looking good in India with Bell and Trott getting some form back we are a very strong unit. Massive fan of ross taylor and you will need him in this series stand a chance of getting something out of it!

  • Dummy4 on January 11, 2013, 0:48 GMT

    its funny how its forgotten that last time we faced england in england. we won the series. Last time england came here, we won the series.

  • Beau on January 10, 2013, 23:51 GMT

    The sooner the better. Massive blunder on Hesson's part, compounded by NZC backing him up over a young captain who has delivered two wins in the past 13 months, not to mention a draw against the #1 side. Hope Taylor's form hasn't slipped during his break.

  • Dummy4 on January 10, 2013, 22:06 GMT

    @ EnglishCricket ..... whether he plays or not will not make a difference to New Zealand in this series ..... but I believe that it would make a difference in future NZ Cricket. He is in the exact position Border found himself when he became captain ..... but with a smaller pool to build a team. I watched him in Australia 14-mths ago and I thought he was a brilliant young Captain. His sacking was a step backwards

    And your statement "Can't believe our England team will be playing 6 test matches against them soon." .... WOW!!! The English Administrators have done a perfect job. These 6-Tests will be a perfect warm up for the Ashes. This will allow for tweaking of the team, reinforcing of batter concentration for long innings and the building of team spirit. Meanwhile the only Tests Australia will play will be in the dust bowls of India