New Zealand news December 7, 2012

Split leadership would be 'confusing' - Taylor

ESPNcricinfo staff

New Zealand's outgoing captain, Ross Taylor, has said the coach Mike Hesson told him before the first Test against Sri Lanka that he did not want Taylor to lead the side after the tour. Taylor was this week offered the reins of the Test side in a joint captaincy scenario in which Brendon McCullum would lead in the short formats, but he declined the offer and made himself unavailable for the upcoming tour of South Africa, declaring his intention to return to the national side when the time was right.

Taylor, 28, has not indicated how long he will spend away from the game, and he wished McCullum every success as captain. Taylor's final act as the country's skipper was to score match-winning innings of 142 and 74 in Colombo, providing New Zealand with their first Test victory in Sri Lanka since 1998, but neither that nor his strong batting record as captain - he averaged 49.85 as Test leader - was enough to convince NZC to leave him in charge across all formats.

On Friday, Taylor released a statement in which he said he had met with NZC on Thursday and "accepted their apology for the way in which matters have been handled".

"I was told of the decision by NZ Cricket to change the captaincy on Tuesday of this week," Taylor said in the statement. "It was sad and disappointing from a personal perspective but it did not come as a great surprise. [Coach] Mike Hesson, [team manager] Mike Sandle and [assistant coach] Bob Carter met with me just prior to the first Test in Sri Lanka and raised concerns about my captaincy. The following day Mike Hesson said he did not want me to captain the team after the tour.

"Obviously the news and the timing was distressing but I was very focused on leading the team and putting everything I had into what was happening on the field, not off the field. It has been a very challenging and pressured time and I don't believe I can give 100% to the game at this time. I have decided that it is best for everyone if I decline the Test captaincy offer which could be confusing in terms of leadership for the team.

"Cricket is my life and my passion. I love the game and I love playing for my country. But taking a break is the right thing for me right now. My family and friends support my decisions that I have made after very serious thought and consideration.

"However I want people to know that I am determined to contribute to the Black Caps team in the future and help whoever is in charge to win games of cricket for New Zealand. That is my passion and it will continue to be so. We all need to show leadership in our own way, at all times, regardless of who is in charge.

"Brendon McCullum has been named captain and I wish him every success.

Taylor also said he appreciated the support of his fans in recent times and said the backing he had received from the public had been "very humbling and has meant a great deal to me"

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  • Dummy4 on December 7, 2012, 21:33 GMT

    Incredible, only in New Zealand. Firstly Brendon McCullum decides he doesn't want to be wicket keeper, so hey, bring in another keeper who can't bat and weaken the side's batting strength. Then, hey, why not get rid of our best batsman and weaken the side even further. Who's running NZ Cricket.... looks like Mr. McCullum to me!

  • Ross on December 7, 2012, 20:07 GMT

    The confusing things: 1) They didn't want one captain for all three formats. So they ditched Taylor, and now McCullum is captain in all three formats, and the team is short it's best batsman. 2) NZC claims that separate captains is just the way things are now. It is not. Teams only do it when the captain from test side doesn't play shorter formats, eg: Graeme Smith in ODIs and T20s; Alistair Cook in T20s; Michael Clarke in T20s. But McCullum and Taylor both play all 3 formats. This is Buchanan, methinks. How long until separate team/fielding/bowling/batting captains for each format?

  • Dummy4 on December 7, 2012, 20:02 GMT

    Now two best men out of the XI Ryder and Taylor... who else can win matches for them?!

  • Andrew on December 7, 2012, 19:31 GMT

    What right has a manager to comment on what a team is doing and how it is been lead. A mangers job is to make sure all the behind the scenes stuff is sorted. Not how the team is run. Bob Carter has more important things to worry about as well. ie the fact that the only international quality batsmen he had is gone and probably for quite a while, as well as the fact that alll the other so called batsmen aren't willing to learn and adapt to become better international players like a Cook,Clarke,Amla have done...... This a farcical situation.

  • Baundule on December 7, 2012, 19:04 GMT

    Btw, NZ is already below Bangladesh at the ODI rating. If Bangladesh wins the 5th ODI against West Indies, which is very much on the card, NZ has no chance to catch them in a while.

  • Baundule on December 7, 2012, 18:56 GMT

    McCullum is an exciting player to watch; but he is not a captain material. He had a horrible time as captain with the KKR. And Ross Taylor proved his value as a captain winning against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka, while the team management kept creating pressure on him during the series. It's sad that cricket these days are played more off the field by the administrators than on the field by the players.

  • Joseph on December 7, 2012, 18:39 GMT

    What? A class act like Taylor removed from his Captaincy? If thats the case, what shld BCCI do with Dhoni? Whats happening in this world of Cricket? My head is spinning!

  • Shah on December 7, 2012, 18:13 GMT

    Being a pakistani cricket fan this is exactly why many pakistani stoped supporting thierteam, cricket politics,,, by no means Mcullum deserved to be the captain it doesnt makesense, how many runs did he scorein Sri Lanka,,, he was an explosive batsman and all these explosive batsman are only good at that not captaincy,,,, Taylor is I think best captain after flemming in recent times,,,really shocked to see he is not playing in SA at I wont bewatching the series,,,

  • vijay on December 7, 2012, 18:12 GMT

    First series win and the management comes out to ruin the team!

  • Dummy4 on December 7, 2012, 17:28 GMT

    Taylor is NZs best batsman since Martin Crowe and he is sitting out, that too from a series against the World No1 team and the best pace attack! Hesson is not the right choice to coach, bring back John Wright who is a fantastic coach. McCullum is an average player and should not have been the captain, but then again see Sammy who has galvanized WI. Incompetent administration killing the game everywhere!!

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