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Taylor disputes Hesson's version of events

ESPNcricinfo staff

December 10, 2012

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Ross Taylor speaks to reporters, Pallekele, October 29, 2012
"If I wasn't a strong leader, why would he give me the Test captaincy?" © AFP
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Ross Taylor, the former New Zealand captain, has openly disputed the coach Mike Hesson's depiction of his exit from the leadership of the national side.

Hesson has maintained that in a meeting ahead of the recently completed Test series in Sri Lanka he informed Taylor that he should step aside as captain of the ODI and Twenty20 sides while retaining the Test captaincy.

However Taylor, who is missing the forthcoming South Africa tour in order to take a break from the game after the job was handed to Brendon McCullum, said that Hesson's version of events does not match his own recollection of what took place.

"He said I wasn't a good enough leader, that this team needs a strong leader and that I wasn't a strong leader. If I wasn't a strong leader why would he give me the Test captaincy?" Taylor told Radio Sport.

"He said 'Ross, I am going to recommend to [NZC director of cricket] John Buchanan that we have a new captain for South Africa'. There was nothing in there about anything to do with a split captaincy."

Taylor has maintained the first he heard about the possibility of his retaining the Test captaincy was following the conclusion of the Sri Lanka series, which was tied 1-1 after New Zealand won the final Test. Asked directly whether or not someone was lying about the episode, Taylor replied: "Definitely."

Since his replacement by McCullum, Taylor has stated that he was not supported by Hesson after he replaced John Wright as the national team coach in July.

Taylor also reiterated his reasons for not joining the South Africa tour. "I don't think I could have given 100%," he said. "It has been a pretty stressful time for me, especially the last two or three weeks but the last five months have been pretty tough on myself.

"It's still pretty fresh in my mind. I think I got straight back on the horse by not turning down the captaincy in Galle and leading the team to that victory ... It would have been easy for a person in my position to just give it up there and then, but I decided that the best thing for the team was to carry on.

"The team will be better without me and all the distractions that have happened in the last couple of weeks."

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Posted by   on (December 12, 2012, 14:14 GMT)

@ Rob Heinen on (December 11 2012, 09:32 AM GMT) "Where has the game we used to know....", you said it so aptly. Being a long standing lover of cricket for more than half a century, I could feel the pain. I couldn't have said it better, Rob. Seems to be a universal malady. Doesn't seem to have a solution either. The guys who run Cricket, everywhere, seem to be intoxicated with a heady cocktail of Money, Power & Politics. You guys, my friends in NZ, you are not alone in this suffering.

Posted by Rally_Windies on (December 12, 2012, 13:04 GMT)

the guy was hired because of his awesome "man management skills" ...

this be a fine example of some terrible "man management skills" ....

if this guy lied on this resume ,,,,,,

or NOT....

maybe his references lied to get him out of Oz Cricket .....

Posted by   on (December 12, 2012, 12:04 GMT)

a coach that cant communicate probably. That's handy.

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 9:32 GMT)

Where has the game we used to know gone? Different formats with different captains?? Coaches that determine who's to be captain??? Players questioning the umpires decision???? To those who say: Wake up to the reality of change, Rob, I say: You wake up to the reality of how change is murdering the game. It's money that's all important these days. Cricket is just a means to make that money. The game of cricket - i mean the men on the field playing the game - are just a necessary but at time extremely tedious sideshow.

Posted by Nathan74 on (December 11, 2012, 7:47 GMT)

If I wasn't a strong leader why would he give me the Test captaincy?" Taylor told Radio Sport. Taylor you know the answer for this question. You were selected to be the captain because you were the errand boy for some people and since they rightly or wrongly blamed McCullum for player mutiny against the previous coach. You should put your hand to your heart and answer one question "Were you a good leader to black caps?" Before you answer the question watch some of the TV footages they have been showing over and over again. You are a good batsmen. Fielding emm questionable. Your skills in fronting up to the media. Extremely poor. You look slimy. My advice to you. Zip it and enjoy the break with your young family. Leave cricket in the dressing room.

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 5:47 GMT)

Ross Taylor is proving that he is not fit to be captain of NZ. The gracious thing to do would be to respect the coach's right to chose the captain, and maintain his own mana until such time as the next coach comes on board, and let the results do the talking.

I don't recall Ponting or Flintoff making such a fuss when they were replaced. McCullum didn't throw his toys when overlooked for captain either.

Remember NZ is #9 in world ODI rankings and Taylor has been unable to lead the players anywhere but down. His own performance with the bat does not make him a good captain. Getting the best out of others is not the same as scoring runs for yourself (KP anyone??)

So far the other players have resisted the temptation to weigh in to the situation either because they agree with the decision or believe airing dirty laundry in public does nothing for the good of the team.

His self styled martyrdom will not do him a service when he returns to the dressing room.

Posted by Baundele on (December 11, 2012, 4:36 GMT)

With John Buchanan in the scene New Zealand cricket has more to suffer. He is the inventor of the idea of captaincy group, he does a bit of experiment with his ideas at the cost of the team. I was surprised when NZ appointed him; but did not know that they are still persisting with him.

Posted by aavalentine on (December 11, 2012, 4:31 GMT)

Hesson needs to go. I believe Taylor 100% and it is only when the cat's out of the bag Hesson changed his tune and lied to the media and us. No respect for him at all.

Posted by   on (December 11, 2012, 3:58 GMT)

I remember Kolkata Knight Riders days..multi captain for a team, nOW i KNOW WHO IS PULLING STRING ...Mr. Buchanan and Mr. Mccullum are real show stoppers here.

Posted by pranay_bangalore on (December 11, 2012, 1:06 GMT)

Isn't this guy Buchanan the same who wanted three captains for a single T20 game for KKR. No wonder guys like these change teams according to their whims and fantasies. I guess Hesson is just a pawn in this whole saga.

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