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Taylor, Bates sweep New Zealand awards night

ESPNcricinfo staff

March 6, 2014

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The award winners

  • Sir Richard Hadlee medal (men's Player of the Year): Ross Taylor
  • International women's Player of the Year: Suzie Bates
  • Test Player of the Year: Ross Taylor
  • ODI Player of the Year: Ross Taylor
  • Twenty20 International
  • Player of the Year: Mitchell McClenaghan
  • Women's domestic cricketer of the year: Suzie Bates
  • Redpath Cup (first-class batting): Ross Taylor
  • Winsor Cup (first-class bowling): Tim Southee
  • Men's domestic cricketer of the year will be announced after the Ford Trophy concludes

Ross Taylor has walked away the big winner from the New Zealand awards night in Auckland. He was awarded the Richard Hadlee medal for 2012-13 and 2013-14 - the award recognised performances over both seasons. Women's captain Suzie Bates also won the women's international payer of the year for both seasons.

Taylor was also named the Test Player of the Year, the ODI Player of the Year and picked up the Redpatch Cup for first-class batting. Fast bowler Tim Southee was given the Winsor Cup for first-class bowling.

Taylor has been in fabulous form of late, scoring three consecutive Test hundreds against West Indies last December and following it with two fifties and two hundreds in the ODIs against India.

"Ross showed with those three centuries against the Windies that he is well on the way to being our greatest-ever batsman," NZC chief executive David White said. "And essentially it set the tone for the summer which ended brilliantly with Test and one day-series victories over one of the best sides in the world - India."

Left-arm quick Mitchell McClenaghan won the Twenty20 Player-of-the-Year title for this season. A special presentation was made in honour of Brendon McCullum, to recognise the 302 he scored against India in Wellington - the highest Test score by a New Zealand batsman.

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Posted by   on (March 11, 2014, 5:20 GMT)

Suzie deserves a mention in this article don't you think?? She is awesome

Posted by SixnOutNZ on (March 9, 2014, 6:34 GMT)

@ Shane Bond I would just like to point out that I stated Cricket Nerd Taylor fanboys would be throwing stats at me like I care wether that pertains to you Bond Im sure you have a label to withhold so I just want to say stats never tell the whole story or would I use stats to prove a point about someone take for example in the recent series against India when Kholi was batting there was a statistic stating that if he scored a century chasing India won every time well he scored a ton and the Black Caps won. Or when someone was stating Taylor was more deserving of the award due to his slips catching giving no recognition to the bowlers at all being a bowler yourself surely you can understand the bowlers are using the ball very well for that to be a stat for Taylor(I remember him dropping a vital early catch against India). Thank god you are the bowling coach cause your attitude is the last thing the very skilled but vulnerable to criticism Black Caps batting side needs. Im done thanks.

Posted by android_user on (March 9, 2014, 5:30 GMT)

@SixoutNZ You must have mistaken me for one of the Taylor fanatics. Sorry, I am not. Lets speak statistically first. Taylor's averaging above 50 from late 2011. Kane has finally come of age but he's nowhere near as consistent as Rosco. How many times should I repeat his deeds over past 2 years. Had it not been him, we would have been a laughing stock in the world. I am not against Mike Hesson or White or anyone. Hesson has done a great work post Taylorgate. But much depends on Taylor to shoulder the batting. Baz finally had enough and showed what he can do. Let me tell you, in popularity graph Baz is above Rosco in Nz and all around the world. I already said Baz has got the recognition he wanted. He was never public enemy no. 1 as you are saying. I've been following game since 1989 and apart from Andrew Jones, martin Crowe and Mark richardson no one has been more consistent than Rosco. I don't find a reason why you wouldn't want him to get awards. How often you see 40+ average in NZ

Posted by SixnOutNZ on (March 8, 2014, 21:48 GMT)

@ Shane bond If its all about consistency what about Kane Williamson? Dude I can do this all day. The thing is I dont need everyone else agreeing with me cause I know within myself Taylor didnt deserve those awards. R U 4 Real are you for real? Youre saying that interest and people going to watch cricket here in NZ is bad unless its for Taylor or that the public should pity him and go to watch him as much as Macca so he dosnt get hurt...

Posted by dogandbone on (March 8, 2014, 18:33 GMT)

@sixoutnz....mate you need to take a chill pill...what you and many forget is that not only is Taylor right up there with the best in the world as a batsman over the last twelve months, he is also the best first slip catcher presently in the world....that alone is huge for the team. One last point. Isnt ironic that NZC cancelled last years awards (no real reason) . The awards would/ should have been held right when the Taylor Affair was going down(,which is probably why they were cancelled) and now I can honestly see why NZC wouldn't have wanted them to go ahead....Taylor would have been presented the same as this year...Test Batsman...ODI Batsman and Hadlee medal...gezz just imagine that happening live on tele...would have been priceless to see the faces of White , Moller , Hesson and co.....could see the stress on their faces this year when Taylor got the nod....Funny how the camera was focused on Hessons face.

Posted by hokeypokey on (March 8, 2014, 8:36 GMT)

@sixnout,the cream always rises to the top..@shane bond well said..

Posted by android_user on (March 8, 2014, 5:29 GMT)

@SixoutNZ Look out for comments by others. I couldn't have said it better myself. It's all about consistency. Corey sure had an amazing summer but Rosco apart from Eden Park crossed 50 on all occasions after top order failed. The platform was always set for Corey. As for Baz, he was recognised more than Suzie Bates, Rosco and Mitch. How many people came to see Rosco score 3 100's consecutively? But they came for Baz. Isn't the sort of recognition he wants? Your ideology is completely different from him, I say. He's a team man whereas it seems, you are acting like a fanatic. Rosco ain't selfish, as Kiwicricketnut mentioned, he set the tone or standards for Kane, Baz, Corey and others. Not sure why all the hatred for him.

Posted by SameOld on (March 8, 2014, 1:11 GMT)

@kiwicricketnut: Fair comment, but I disagree. There's a case to be made for Baz, but Rossco just churned the runs out, and set the standard for KW, Baz and the others to follow. Not to take anything away from Baz, but he was a bit lucky at times (dropped catches and such), where some of Taylor's innings were chanceless. Baz had half an amazing Summer (the 2nd half), Taylor's entire Summer was amazing. That's the difference, IMO.

Posted by StevieS on (March 7, 2014, 21:33 GMT)

SixnOutNZ or should I say Mr McCullum? Do You seriously think McCullum is a better batsman than Taylor. It's all about consistancy, Taylor has it McCullum is dreadful.

Posted by SixnOutNZ on (March 7, 2014, 20:47 GMT)

@ Shane Bond Hey bro I liked you when you were playing untill the piss cut your career short I also like what you're doing with Southee. I just think that scoring NZs highest score ever deserves some sort of recognition also you guys give the ODI award to Taylor after Cory Anderson scores the WORLDS fastest ODI century I feel that at least deserves some attention(the IPL agrees) I have nothing against Taylor I just think he is undeserving of the lime light.

Posted by SixnOutNZ on (March 7, 2014, 20:38 GMT)

@ru4real Are you serious? had he declared. People were still trying to get into the gate after the game to watch Macca. Thats the difference between Macca and Taylor Maccas for the team where Taylor time and time again has proven to be a selfish prick. Macca could have scored 300 in the first test but reached his 200 and threw his wicket away on purpose he also done that on 300. Taylor scored three and was unable post a match winning score like Macca did which the fanboys and media swear hes capable of against anyone even though his higest score came from a mediocre team at best Macca beat Taylors highest score and saved a game twice and like I said in the first test he could have easily made the 300 had he kept his wicket. Your argument is stupid and who are you to say that had people not declared they would have hit the 300 ummm look at Martin Crowes 299 if you need proof that thats not true what you sasid was extremely childish and what ive come to expect from a Taylor fanboy.

Posted by dogandbone on (March 7, 2014, 18:50 GMT)

@sixoutnz You need to understand that there are many better batsman than McCullum who could have reached that magical figure had their team not declared or were bowled out...just the way things pan out...nothing against the 300 McCullum scored but when you start comparing teams against each other lets look how your #2 team in the world performed....India going into a test with a 3 prong bowling attack has to raise serious questions....a captain and keeper who didn't move up closer to the stumps when nicks were dropping in front of him???....fielders who dropped simple straight forward catches????....first test very senior players throwing away their wickets when test win was in sight....lets not worry to much though, at least our ground will be full next year but I have a feeling the India and West Indian teams we will see playing here next year wont be a shadow of what we saw this last season...still, we all got the fussies eh!

Posted by   on (March 7, 2014, 6:58 GMT)

It's great to see people arguing over the validity of Rosco's awards. It shows that many in the team played well and contributed to a great season. I'd say Boult deserves a special mention too because you can't win tests unless you can take 20 wickets and he's been sensational, as has Southee. I think Taylor is a humble guy that would be first to agree with some on here saying others deserved it more than him, and other candidates like McCullum would be overjoyed that Taylor got it. Individual awards aren't that important; the point is, we are building a great team.

Posted by kiwicricketnut on (March 7, 2014, 4:50 GMT)

huge taylor fan, got no problem with him getting the award but if i was the judge i probably would have to of gone with mccullum, a ton, a double ton and a triple ton in one summer, thats massive, thats effectively 6 tons in a summer but its not just the numbers he put on the board, it was also how he scored those runs, to score a tripple ton when the test was all but lost was nothing short of heroic, another thing to factor in is how he has lead the team as well and he has been very good in this aspect as well and is producing a very tight unit. so while taylor has been the more consistant of the two i think mccullums contribution has been just as important, tough call but my vote would have been with mccullum.

Posted by android_user on (March 7, 2014, 4:47 GMT)

@Sixoutnz Taylor didn't win us games? What are you on about? How about 140 vs Sri Lanka? 56 in a total of 100 in hobart and 41 in a total of 104 vs India? Or his scores vs England in may? An average on 45 is something you get on scoring bucketloads of runs. Brendon's as integral to the team but he didn't score as many as Rosco. Hypocritical isn't it? You call him scoring all against West Indies and ask for Brendon who scored all vs India. It is people like you who give birth controverseries. Shouldn't you follow cricket as a whole rather than an individual.

Posted by hokeypokey on (March 7, 2014, 3:29 GMT)

@six n outnz..come on, get behind taylor, he wins us games all over the globe..worldclass the word is, in all formats..and the numbers do tell the story. Welldone Ross Taylor, after the coach told us all "taylor wasnt a leader"..ha..!.well deserved rewards for consistency. .hope the rest of the team follow..

Posted by youfoundme on (March 7, 2014, 1:49 GMT)

I think a joint award would have been nice. I've been a fan of Taylor since forever and I'd be the first to admit that I had a grudge against McCullum and co since the captaincy saga, but he has proven his weight in gold. There has been no doubt to his ability as a batsman, except for a lack of consistency. What his double and triple proved is that he does have the power of mind and if he can continue to utilize that for the duration of his career, he'll go down as a New Zealand great.

When you look at this Kiwi outfit, there are no stand out names compared to the teams of old. No Hadlee's, Crowe's, Bond's or Vettori's, but players all equal to the task. We have a team now capable of taking a mantle at the top of the world, or surely work towards. While Taylor, McCullum and Southee were in the spotlight, lets not forget the likes of Williamson, Boult, Watling, Anderson and everyone else who provided to an awesome summer of cricket.

Posted by SixnOutNZ on (March 7, 2014, 1:21 GMT)

Taylor gets two centuries in a row one of them being a double and his highest score ever getting him the award for Cricketer Of The Year mean while Macca gets two centuries in a row also only one was a double and the other was a triple not to mention the highest score made by a New Zealand cricketer ever. Now I know the Taylor fanboys are going to tell me Taylor was playing away from home and more consistent look at the stats bla bla but they fail to recognise they are but cricket nerds that think stats are everything then look at the highest score by a kiwi not to mention Taylors came from playing West Indies the seventh ranked test team while Maccas came from India the second ranked test team. Ive said my bit and would like to mention that I agree with Bates Medal especially due to the recent success the ladys are having. Go the Black Caps.

Posted by Antony_Lucas on (March 6, 2014, 23:59 GMT)

Bizarre & shortsighted to give T20 award to McClenaghan. Luke Ronchi was a fitting winner, but barely got a mention all evening. Full credit to Taylor, butagain no mention of Kane Williamson all evening when his were runs were 90% as valuable

Posted by dogandbone on (March 6, 2014, 17:29 GMT)

Without scoring runs teams don't win . So well done to the batsman of the team. Special mention to Taylor as he certainly did set the tone for the so called "blue print" to work. Taylor fully deserved his award as he performed all around the world under different circumstances....I feel that was the difference between him winning and McCullum not....averaging 18 overseas is not leading from the front. Hopefully now that will also improve.

Posted by   on (March 6, 2014, 11:34 GMT)

Common sense prevailed tonight.

The Hesson - McCullum cartel had an ugly start but they're proving their collective team management credentials. Ross Taylor has consistently been the best batsmen in New Zealand for a long time and extended on his brilliance this summer Tim Southee has consistently been the best bowler in New Zealand for a long time and had a satisfactory summer. Mitchell McClenaghan is an exciting prospect.

Watch out world this Black Caps outfit will be at the MCG next year.

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