New Zealand news December 7, 2012

Split leadership would be 'confusing' - Taylor

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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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  • 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!

  • Nuxxy 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?

  • 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?!

  • jessiedog 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.

  • Baundele 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.

  • Baundele 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.

  • Reverse_Bat 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!

  • KhanSwati1 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,,,

  • vj3478 on December 7, 2012, 18:12 GMT

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

  • 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!!

  • 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!

  • Nuxxy 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?

  • 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?!

  • jessiedog 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.

  • Baundele 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.

  • Baundele 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.

  • Reverse_Bat 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!

  • KhanSwati1 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,,,

  • vj3478 on December 7, 2012, 18:12 GMT

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

  • 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!!

  • palla.avinash on December 7, 2012, 17:15 GMT

    why is jessy ryder not playing for nz,shane warne did all kind of nonsense out side the ground,but Australia ca never punished or left out warne him as nzc punished jessy ryder and now nz desperately need the unique talent of his capability and change in captaincy can be good but at the cost of ross taylor leading batsmen.Sa is no 1 team now they are short of good batsmen jessy ryder and taylor if nz looshing es everything dont blame mccullum and his captaincy.neil wagner,boult,southee and bracewell should be in final 11 in tests it will be best attack against sa in sa because of conditions and tracks jeetan patel wont get anything there but he is a good bowler.

  • Clyde on December 7, 2012, 15:36 GMT

    A pity Taylor can't play for his own country because it is so disorganised. The first error was overrating the importance of the minor forms of the game.

  • Shridharan.S on December 7, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    Daniel Vettori would have been a good choice.

  • gothetaniwha on December 7, 2012, 8:05 GMT

    Taylor should walk away now for a year and come back when Mc Cullum is sacked after the SA and England , He never scores runs against the big boys and hopefully Hesson and the NZ board will all be sacked as well .We will be below both Zim and BD by then We need a big clean out - starting at the top . At present our two best players Taylor and Ryder are both not playing for NZ - very sad .

  • on December 7, 2012, 7:21 GMT

    Having made the decision to strip Taylor of the captaincy, the only thing that NZC had to do over the last few weeks was to work out how to do it in the best possible way. They couldn't even do that, and ended up with this public farce. New Zealand is quickly becoming the Pakistan of world cricket in terms of incompetent administrators.

  • HawK89 on December 7, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    Every country has had a different captain between test and the ODI format, what is there to be confused about? I've seen captains get sacked for far less, but losing every series til sri lanka and placing 9th under bangladesh on rankings, is enough.

  • on December 7, 2012, 6:30 GMT

    this is the nadir of new zealand cricket. dont know if i want to continue to be a supporter after this decision

  • ChandikaGunawardhana on December 7, 2012, 6:12 GMT

    McCullum is older than Taylor...

  • on December 7, 2012, 6:11 GMT

    Funny to see that people like david white who played 2 tests and scored 31 runs and bowled 3 balls . and Mike Hesson who never played international cricket/domestiĀ­c cricket making decisions about who should be captain. Just when tables are turning, Removing Ross would do no good to NZ cricket. I think Ross took right decision to clear his head, skip the curren series and come back with fresh mindset to play against England.

  • on December 7, 2012, 6:07 GMT

    what i dont get it is why the cricket coaches have that much say now a days?

  • on December 7, 2012, 6:02 GMT

    one of the best NZ Captains for sometime a humble, inpiring and talented cricketer. It is a shame that NZ Cricket has treated him like this. I have never supported the Black Caps and this has been the final straw! Bring BACK TAYLOR!!! peter vann

  • forBetterIndiaTeam on December 7, 2012, 5:59 GMT

    This is so bad for NZC, Taylor has proved what he is by scoring century... We have to limit board and coach's politics in game for better cricket

  • PureTom on December 7, 2012, 5:46 GMT

    Well done NZC! While NZ always give SA a run for their money in the shorter formats (and beat us with disturbing regularity) your wonderful handling of this situation has made what was already going to be a pretty one sided test series into a sure thing. While I don't follow NZ nearly closely enough to know if Taylor was a good captain or not this whole situation seems like it could have been handled better, And now NZ are without their best bat (by a long way!).

    Why does it always seem that from a distance the thing most wrong with the Black Caps is their coach?

  • on December 7, 2012, 4:42 GMT

    Take a good break, come back and kick ass. You will always be the rightful leader of the team and you cannot be blamed for the failures of the other batsman, including Brendon.

  • dwblurb on December 7, 2012, 4:38 GMT

    NZcricket seems to have shot itself in the foot many times of late, but this would have to rank as the worst injury sustained. Sacking Taylor, who for all his flair has shown that he is able to moderate his game for the demands of Test cricket, and replacing him with McCullum beggars belief. Without the gloves on, McCullum should be worrying about justifying his place in the team, not being given the captaincy. I'll wait and see if the appointment finally brings about some responsibility in his game, but I wouldn bet on it.

  • reversecut on December 7, 2012, 4:28 GMT

    Ross Taylor has handled this entire situation very well. He deserves better. He has been the only player to consistently perform for NZ during this poor run, he can't win it for us every time. McCullum for me barely warrants a place in the test team as a batsman only - now he is captain. Imagine the pressure on him now when he continues to only ever get runs against Bangladesh. I hope Ross Taylor comes back for England tour and is reinstated as captain after McCullum is dropped in a few years and he has scored a ton of runs... NZ cricket needs a bullet.

  • zenboomerang on December 7, 2012, 4:03 GMT

    So who runs CNZ?... Seems the coach, assistant coach & team manager run the selection process for the Black Caps - with the captain having no say... What an unusual way to run a national team... If Taylor needs a break, jump across The Ditch & play out the season in Oz - you'd be more than welcome as a leader & batsman...

  • mattyodavis on December 7, 2012, 3:56 GMT

    Well done Roscoe, you've done the right thing. You are a true gentleman sir. Hopefully you will be back for the England tour at home along with Jesse Ryder and we can smash the Poms! And... come on New Zealand, show them Saffers what we're made of!

  • guptahitesh4u on December 7, 2012, 3:45 GMT

    While most of the teams are now taking this approach of split captaincy, Taylor stance seems to be surprising!

  • on December 7, 2012, 3:43 GMT

    No way to treat a leader, no way to treat a sportsman, no way to treat another human being. Mike Hesson had better hope McCullum can pull off an incredible change in team fortunes otherwise the NZ media will burn Hesson at the stake. Whether or not this decision to change captains is the right one or not, the manner of it has been abysmal. Have a restful Christmas Ross

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  • on December 7, 2012, 3:43 GMT

    No way to treat a leader, no way to treat a sportsman, no way to treat another human being. Mike Hesson had better hope McCullum can pull off an incredible change in team fortunes otherwise the NZ media will burn Hesson at the stake. Whether or not this decision to change captains is the right one or not, the manner of it has been abysmal. Have a restful Christmas Ross

  • guptahitesh4u on December 7, 2012, 3:45 GMT

    While most of the teams are now taking this approach of split captaincy, Taylor stance seems to be surprising!

  • mattyodavis on December 7, 2012, 3:56 GMT

    Well done Roscoe, you've done the right thing. You are a true gentleman sir. Hopefully you will be back for the England tour at home along with Jesse Ryder and we can smash the Poms! And... come on New Zealand, show them Saffers what we're made of!

  • zenboomerang on December 7, 2012, 4:03 GMT

    So who runs CNZ?... Seems the coach, assistant coach & team manager run the selection process for the Black Caps - with the captain having no say... What an unusual way to run a national team... If Taylor needs a break, jump across The Ditch & play out the season in Oz - you'd be more than welcome as a leader & batsman...

  • reversecut on December 7, 2012, 4:28 GMT

    Ross Taylor has handled this entire situation very well. He deserves better. He has been the only player to consistently perform for NZ during this poor run, he can't win it for us every time. McCullum for me barely warrants a place in the test team as a batsman only - now he is captain. Imagine the pressure on him now when he continues to only ever get runs against Bangladesh. I hope Ross Taylor comes back for England tour and is reinstated as captain after McCullum is dropped in a few years and he has scored a ton of runs... NZ cricket needs a bullet.

  • dwblurb on December 7, 2012, 4:38 GMT

    NZcricket seems to have shot itself in the foot many times of late, but this would have to rank as the worst injury sustained. Sacking Taylor, who for all his flair has shown that he is able to moderate his game for the demands of Test cricket, and replacing him with McCullum beggars belief. Without the gloves on, McCullum should be worrying about justifying his place in the team, not being given the captaincy. I'll wait and see if the appointment finally brings about some responsibility in his game, but I wouldn bet on it.

  • on December 7, 2012, 4:42 GMT

    Take a good break, come back and kick ass. You will always be the rightful leader of the team and you cannot be blamed for the failures of the other batsman, including Brendon.

  • PureTom on December 7, 2012, 5:46 GMT

    Well done NZC! While NZ always give SA a run for their money in the shorter formats (and beat us with disturbing regularity) your wonderful handling of this situation has made what was already going to be a pretty one sided test series into a sure thing. While I don't follow NZ nearly closely enough to know if Taylor was a good captain or not this whole situation seems like it could have been handled better, And now NZ are without their best bat (by a long way!).

    Why does it always seem that from a distance the thing most wrong with the Black Caps is their coach?

  • forBetterIndiaTeam on December 7, 2012, 5:59 GMT

    This is so bad for NZC, Taylor has proved what he is by scoring century... We have to limit board and coach's politics in game for better cricket

  • on December 7, 2012, 6:02 GMT

    one of the best NZ Captains for sometime a humble, inpiring and talented cricketer. It is a shame that NZ Cricket has treated him like this. I have never supported the Black Caps and this has been the final straw! Bring BACK TAYLOR!!! peter vann