New Zealand news January 10, 2013

Taylor hints at return for England series

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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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  • POSTED BY G-Wyll on | January 11, 2013, 2:51 GMT

    Taylor's awesome. He'll be NZ's highest test runscorer, and have around 20 test centuries if he keeps going for another 8 years. Currently on target to score between 8000-9000 test runs but could possibly push 10,000 if he plays through to 38-40ish. How he was treated by the NZC was rubbish, but he's taken some time off to get it out of his system and now he's back with one job in mind - runs. Lots of them in all formats. Noone will be able to deny that.

    The only record he may find hard to overcome is Nathan Astles ODI centuries - 16. Ross has got ten to go to reach that. Nate was a mean player.

    Doesn't look like we'll see Jesse back for England though. Him and Taylor would blow the Poms away. Won't see Dan either. Maybe Southee hopefully for the tests at least? Our team has a lot of strength, it's just a case of getting it all on the park at once (depth is obviously our big problem). As for SA, Wagner and Munro are good selections, and don't write off Chris Martin yet...

  • POSTED BY on | January 10, 2013, 13:27 GMT

    New Zealand really do need Taylor back in the team. Daniel Flynn time and time again shows some substance but then gets out. Too many starts and 50s but not enough match winning 100s. New Zealand need to look elsewhere. James franklin has become a limited overs bits and pieces all round. No real pace or control to threaten top class batsmen and his batting is just frustrating or just plain ordinary. Guptil and mccullum are not test match openers. Mccullum was more suited and productive when he kept wicket and batted at 7 as his natural game is being aggressive. Top quality test match openers should look to hit the leather off the ball what mccullum looks to do at times.

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney 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.

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney 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.

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY Cricket_theBestGame 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.

  • POSTED BY coley27 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!

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY SameOld 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.

  • POSTED BY G-Wyll on | January 11, 2013, 2:51 GMT

    Taylor's awesome. He'll be NZ's highest test runscorer, and have around 20 test centuries if he keeps going for another 8 years. Currently on target to score between 8000-9000 test runs but could possibly push 10,000 if he plays through to 38-40ish. How he was treated by the NZC was rubbish, but he's taken some time off to get it out of his system and now he's back with one job in mind - runs. Lots of them in all formats. Noone will be able to deny that.

    The only record he may find hard to overcome is Nathan Astles ODI centuries - 16. Ross has got ten to go to reach that. Nate was a mean player.

    Doesn't look like we'll see Jesse back for England though. Him and Taylor would blow the Poms away. Won't see Dan either. Maybe Southee hopefully for the tests at least? Our team has a lot of strength, it's just a case of getting it all on the park at once (depth is obviously our big problem). As for SA, Wagner and Munro are good selections, and don't write off Chris Martin yet...

  • POSTED BY on | January 10, 2013, 13:27 GMT

    New Zealand really do need Taylor back in the team. Daniel Flynn time and time again shows some substance but then gets out. Too many starts and 50s but not enough match winning 100s. New Zealand need to look elsewhere. James franklin has become a limited overs bits and pieces all round. No real pace or control to threaten top class batsmen and his batting is just frustrating or just plain ordinary. Guptil and mccullum are not test match openers. Mccullum was more suited and productive when he kept wicket and batted at 7 as his natural game is being aggressive. Top quality test match openers should look to hit the leather off the ball what mccullum looks to do at times.

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney 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.

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney 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.

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY Cricket_theBestGame 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.

  • POSTED BY coley27 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!

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY SameOld 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.

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY on | January 10, 2013, 20:12 GMT

    I love Front Foot Lunge's continual reference to Australia being minnows even though a win in Perth against South Africa would have put the Aussies ahead of England on the ICC ratings. Well, I'll accept that Australia are minnows if FFL can accept that England have been minnows for almost all of the 136 years of Test cricket and certainly between 1989 and 2009 when they beat Australia just once!

  • POSTED BY GreedyFly on | January 10, 2013, 19:57 GMT

    @ maaanii - Ryder is yet to make himself available for selection.

    @ Martin - McCullum is fine at the top of the order, in terms of openers in NZ Cricket he is successful.

    @ English Cricket - Minnows don't beat Australia in Australia. We'll have to wait and see on these upcoming England tests. No doubt it's going to be a tough contest, but New Zealand can beat any team in the world, especially at home. Going to be an interesting few months!

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Lunge on | January 10, 2013, 18:01 GMT

    True cricket lovers will rejoice at seeing Taylor back again for NZ. The 6 tests coming up, what can one say other than it really is David V Goliath. The second best team in the world, and streets ahead of the others down below, up against a minnow New Zealand best suited to the minnow division along with Australia.

  • POSTED BY on | January 10, 2013, 17:36 GMT

    if i would be there instead of taylor i never came to play for new zealand i think he is the best captain for new zealand also with the bat can't make it out what r they trying to do

  • POSTED BY SurlyCynic on | January 10, 2013, 15:30 GMT

    Quite sensible from a career perspective to miss the tough challenge of SA, take some time out of the game to charge the batteries, then come back for the far easier contest against England.

  • POSTED BY EnglishCricket on | January 10, 2013, 15:09 GMT

    Whether he plays or not will not make a difference to New Zealand, Can't believe our England team will be playing 6 test matches against them soon. Instead New Zealand should be playing more against the teams around them not the big boys when we know what the outcome will be. New Zealand are minnows now.

  • POSTED BY ReverseSwingMaster on | January 10, 2013, 13:16 GMT

    Is there still any chance of giving captaincy back to TAYLOR ? May be TAYLOR refuse, don't want to be captain again.Why they are not selecting RYDER? Lots of questions...............

  • POSTED BY letsgoproteas on | January 10, 2013, 13:13 GMT

    It will be good to see him back in action. Really rate Taylor.

  • POSTED BY letsgoproteas on | January 10, 2013, 13:13 GMT

    It will be good to see him back in action. Really rate Taylor.

  • POSTED BY ReverseSwingMaster on | January 10, 2013, 13:16 GMT

    Is there still any chance of giving captaincy back to TAYLOR ? May be TAYLOR refuse, don't want to be captain again.Why they are not selecting RYDER? Lots of questions...............

  • POSTED BY EnglishCricket on | January 10, 2013, 15:09 GMT

    Whether he plays or not will not make a difference to New Zealand, Can't believe our England team will be playing 6 test matches against them soon. Instead New Zealand should be playing more against the teams around them not the big boys when we know what the outcome will be. New Zealand are minnows now.

  • POSTED BY SurlyCynic on | January 10, 2013, 15:30 GMT

    Quite sensible from a career perspective to miss the tough challenge of SA, take some time out of the game to charge the batteries, then come back for the far easier contest against England.

  • POSTED BY on | January 10, 2013, 17:36 GMT

    if i would be there instead of taylor i never came to play for new zealand i think he is the best captain for new zealand also with the bat can't make it out what r they trying to do

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Lunge on | January 10, 2013, 18:01 GMT

    True cricket lovers will rejoice at seeing Taylor back again for NZ. The 6 tests coming up, what can one say other than it really is David V Goliath. The second best team in the world, and streets ahead of the others down below, up against a minnow New Zealand best suited to the minnow division along with Australia.

  • POSTED BY GreedyFly on | January 10, 2013, 19:57 GMT

    @ maaanii - Ryder is yet to make himself available for selection.

    @ Martin - McCullum is fine at the top of the order, in terms of openers in NZ Cricket he is successful.

    @ English Cricket - Minnows don't beat Australia in Australia. We'll have to wait and see on these upcoming England tests. No doubt it's going to be a tough contest, but New Zealand can beat any team in the world, especially at home. Going to be an interesting few months!

  • POSTED BY on | January 10, 2013, 20:12 GMT

    I love Front Foot Lunge's continual reference to Australia being minnows even though a win in Perth against South Africa would have put the Aussies ahead of England on the ICC ratings. Well, I'll accept that Australia are minnows if FFL can accept that England have been minnows for almost all of the 136 years of Test cricket and certainly between 1989 and 2009 when they beat Australia just once!

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY SameOld 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.