New Zealand in USA and West Indies 2012

Lack of preparation not an excuse - Taylor

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June 25, 2012

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Ross Taylor pulls during his fighting third-wicket stand, New Zealand v South Africa, 1st Test, Dunedin, 2nd day, March 8, 2012
Ross Taylor: "I guess they [West Indies] will be better prepared than us." © AFP
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Ross Taylor, the New Zealand captain, has said the absence of formal pre-tour preparation would not be an excuse if his side should under perform in the USA and the Caribbean. New Zealand left for their tour, which begins with two Twenty20s against West Indies in Florida, on Sunday.

New Zealand have not played since hosting South Africa in February and March and had no camp prior to departure. They will not have any warm-up games before the limited-overs matches either. Taylor said that wasn't ideal. "You've got to weigh up travelling to rest. There are a few players that have come from England - Guppy [Martin Guptill] and Kane Williamson," he told Fairfax News. "I guess the IPL players played not so long ago, and there's other players [who have] been in Australia. It's not ideal preparation, but it is what it is, and we'll have no excuses once we get over there."

Taylor said West Indies might be better prepared for the series, having played against England and Australia recently, and expected them to be a tough unit. "They're coming in from playing cricket, so I guess they will be better prepared than us. It's still no excuse for us. We're a professional team and we need to start off as well as possible.

"[The West Indies] have got some youngsters who have probably had a lot more experience over the last couple of years. Two years ago, they were a very inexperienced side but [today] they're a very competitive side on their home track."

The tour of West Indies is John Wright's last as New Zealand coach and Taylor was keen to end his tenure with success. "We don't want to make it a swan song. Obviously it's going to be a little bit emotional for John, but we want to get out there and win. Obviously win for ourselves, but win for John as well. He's been a good servant for New Zealand cricket."

While he would prefer a New Zealander to succeed Wright as coach, Taylor hoped the best applicant would be chosen. "It would be nice [if the coach was from New Zealand], but it's not the be all and end all," he said. "We have Australian assistant bowling, fielding and batting coaches, so I guess if there's a New Zealand connection in there somewhere, it would be nice. But at the end of the day, we just want the best applicant for the job."

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Posted by AKS286 on (June 27, 2012, 6:33 GMT)

i like kiwi team because its like predict & win. except of 2-3 players the whole world did't know about playing 11. they build their WC team just before 1 month of WC start. pak, nz, wi OMG.

Posted by AKS286 on (June 27, 2012, 6:30 GMT)

@denessa read the comment carefully Taylor EXPECTS for a tough series. means he thinks that may be a tough series chances of WI will give some challenge otherwise everyone knows about WI, that WI fight very bravely but as usual the result of every fight is DEFEAT. after that fans will shout bring sarwan, lara, jimmy adams, sherwin campbell, xavier marshall.

Posted by cricketWI on (June 26, 2012, 14:43 GMT)

This will obviously be an important series for both sides having that they haven't been consistent, especially in test cricket. WI certainly will want to win all the series(t20, odi, test) seeing that they don't seem to be able to beat any other leading sides beside Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, although they have been performing. WI have been "gelling" together well, but we're yet to see that consistency expected from a together team. If WI don't win any of the series, then officially WI will have to take a "very serious" look at what is happening to WI cricket (not that they don't already have to),seeing that NZ is going through a tough time also. At the end of the day, it 'should' be a good series to follow and not one sided.

Posted by denessa on (June 26, 2012, 12:44 GMT)

I AGREE THAT THE WINDIES TOUR WILL BE A CHALLENGE BUT ALL IN ALL WINDIES NEEDS TO START WINNING GAMES FOR TOO LONG WINDIES ARE PLAYIN COMPETITIVE CRICKET AND IN THE END THM AH LOOSE THM GAME STUPIDLY........ITS TIME FOR WINDIES TO OPEN THEIR EYES AND PLAY WINNING CRICKET........ALL THE BEST WI IM LOOKING FOWARD FOR A GREAT SERIES.......

Posted by MasudRUETeee091040 on (June 26, 2012, 8:50 GMT)

West Indies is favorite to me after including Chris Gayle , Sunil Narine in their team.Bravo , Pollard , Russel all are very good class player.

Posted by   on (June 26, 2012, 4:16 GMT)

@Patchmaster - I myself dislike how Oram never really delivered and was always injured - but hey, I admire anyone that will break their bodies for their country. Shane Bond broke his back how many times, tore his stomach heaps too, and all everyone took notice of was the injury, not the commitment to return and wear the silver fern.

Wagner had a stellar season, sure, but its domestic cricket, against no one of true international quality. Oram, on the other hand, is an extremely handy limited overs bowler, and can win a game with the bat if the stars align in his favor. Sure, its not a consistent thing, but he brings far more to the table regardless of himself being injury prone.

As for Oram being the slowest fielder - what games do you watch. He is easily one of the most athletic fielders in the team, and always has been. He was a Goalie in Soccer before making the Black Caps, and you see it time and time again with his boundary saving dives, or catches.

Posted by 512fm on (June 26, 2012, 4:05 GMT)

It saddens me the joke NZ cricket has turned in to. As a NZ fan I was full of optimism after the Hobart win but now we really are spiraling downwards yet again.

Posted by blackie on (June 26, 2012, 3:59 GMT)

I'm backing Windies to beat the Kiwis in T20's, ODI's and Tests. But of course I would, i'm West Indian. Here's hoping for a competitive series full of great performances and no injuries on either side.

Posted by thenoostar on (June 26, 2012, 3:21 GMT)

Buchanan will get them prepared by running over spreadsheets... Who needs physical training when you can visualise and statistically analyse.

Posted by Phat-Boy on (June 26, 2012, 0:59 GMT)

@ AVMD.

Merit? Okay, let me tell you a thing or two about merit. Since the start of the Australian tour of the West Indies, Darren Sammy has made:

192 ODI runs (second), average 38.4 (third), strike rate of 144 (first) 6 ODI wickets at 37.5 (fourth among regular bowlers), 4.6 runs per over (fourth among regular bowlers) 354 Test runs (third) at 35.4 (fourth), dismissed in single figures once in 11 innings 11 wickets at 45 (3rd among regular bowlers), 2.87 rpo (second among regular bowlers)

Oh yeah, he's definitely got to go. So many guys are doing waaaaayyyy better than he is aren't they.

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