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'Hesson never supported me' - Taylor

ESPNcricinfo staff

December 7, 2012

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Ross Taylor and Mike Hesson, New Zealand's captain and coach, at a press conference, Colombo, World Twenty20 2012, September 13, 2012
Ross Taylor said his relationship with coach Mike Hesson was "pretty poor" © AFP

Ross Taylor has said he was surprised by the timing of his losing the New Zealand captaincy but not by the decision itself, declaring he felt he never had the support of the coach Mike Hesson. Taylor, who on Friday was replaced as leader by Brendon McCullum, was told after the ODI series in Sri Lanka that there would be a change of captaincy after the end of the Sri Lanka tour.

On Friday, Hesson stressed that what he meant at that meeting, which was also attended by assistant coach Bob Carter and team manager Mike Sandle, was that there would be a change to the limited-overs captaincy, not the Test leadership. However, Taylor said he had been told his captaincy was not good enough and it felt clear to him that Hesson and the team management did not want him in charge at all.

"They told me I wasn't good enough as a captain, wasn't good enough for this team," Taylor told the Weekend Herald. "To hear I wasn't good enough was disappointing. It was interesting ... I was offered the Test captaincy a couple of weeks [after the Sri Lanka meeting], when it was clear to me from conversations, they didn't want me at all."

Taylor said he was not surprised by the course of events after Hesson took over from John Wright as head coach in July. "It wasn't huge shock," Taylor said. "Hesson never supported me through the whole time I'd been captain, but I was surprised by the timing."

Since taking on the captaincy full-time last year, Taylor led New Zealand to four Test wins from 13 matches, including rare victories in Australia and Sri Lanka, two wins from eight ODIs, and four victories from nine Twenty20 internationals. He conceded that he was still developing as a captain but said he had learnt a lot under Wright's coaching.

"I know I had areas to work on," Taylor said. "I was far from the finished product, but I lacked a lot of support from the management in a lot of areas, which was disappointing. Under Wrighty I was learning a lot; under Hesson, the relationship was pretty poor. I didn't think he supported me in that role."

After declining the Test captaincy this week, Taylor declared that he offered his full support to his replacement McCullum, but intended to take a break from the game. Taylor said he did not believe he could put in a complete effort under the circumstances and would return when the time was right.

"It's still fresh and raw," Taylor said. "It's been a pretty difficult five months for me. It's a chance to get away from it, spend some time with the family and have a Christmas. I don't believe I can give 100% to the game at this time. 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."

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Posted by couchpundit on (December 10, 2012, 15:15 GMT)

Kiwis should be glad the John Wright agreed to coach National Team...if you cant retain his services there is something fishy there. you dont get "APOLITICAL" coach like John. Now this Hesson walks in and ensures his buddy becomes captain of the team? Sadly honesty is lost in NewZealand Cricket too.

Posted by edgie on (December 10, 2012, 7:04 GMT)

sseems the proteas are guarenteed an extended stay at no 1 with a weakened NZ side touring. what a pity thoguh, NZ's best player being treated like an amateur by a coach who clearly has no people mangement skills.

Posted by zenboomerang on (December 10, 2012, 2:18 GMT)

So Henson gives the selectors a negative assessment about Taylor - but what if Taylor had given the same report about Henson (as he deserves), would the coaches / team manager still have a job?... Being the captain of NZ looks to be a sacrificial job that suits management so they can sack someone rather than take the blame themselves... Another case of management stuffing their pockets while fans walk away in disgust...

Posted by zenboomerang on (December 10, 2012, 2:17 GMT)

@Greg Ranger... Always rated Ian Smith highly as a keeper & when retired he was by far the best commentator on the ABC when NZ toured to Oz; though think there are a number of excellent coaches floating around the cricket world that could (should) be coaching the Black Caps - ex-players are not always the best team coaches but better suited to specialist roles - bowling, batting, fielding coach...

Posted by   on (December 9, 2012, 17:30 GMT)

The whole thing really isn't cricket, is it chaps? Legally speaking, the buck stops with Chairman and the Board. They hire the CEO; they are the guardians of the game. Now as fans we have to wait to get our best side back together with not only Ryder on sidelines [50 off 16 balls the other night at T20, 75 off 27 balls] but now Taylor after arguably one of NZ's greatest ever performances to lead the win at home against SL. Our stocks are thin enough; all we can hope for is a miracle from the stand-in team. People should not be blaming Baz either; imagining fishy schemes is not one of his talents - he will nbe as unhappy as anyone as he has been cast as villain.

Posted by   on (December 8, 2012, 22:37 GMT)

Hesson has lost all confidence from me in his coaching. He and Brendon McCullum are best mates, the whole thing smells very fishy.

Posted by   on (December 8, 2012, 21:57 GMT)

Good time to take a break, the Saffers are going to hammer the Kiwis either way. Poor from the management though, unbelievable that at this level of the game, petty politics is rife. Frustrating they cant just make cricketing decisions.

Posted by   on (December 8, 2012, 10:36 GMT)

What a sad day for the Kiwis, no seriously. Ross TAYLOR is a bloody good test cricketer and deserves to be supported 100% by management. If Mike HESSON is the best person to coach NZ, well I am no judge. They need either an ex Kiwi Test player of quality, think Ian SMITH, John BRACEWELL, not a person with no test experience or success of any kind. Nuff said, from a sympathetic Aussie.

Posted by   on (December 8, 2012, 7:53 GMT)

dono wt nz gonna do without their best batsman ross!!! its very difficult to find replacement fr ross.! he s the oly batsmen who scores consistently fr nz in recent years.! :( :(

Posted by intelinvestor on (December 8, 2012, 7:16 GMT)

Mike Hesson...what a choice as a coach. No credentials whatsoever as a cricketer or a coach. It can only be in NZ that he could have been chosen as a coach! Taylor is a world class batsman and without him NZ are going to be whitewashed in SA. Hope NZ gets a better coach after that series!!

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