Ross Taylor, the New Zealand captain, has been ruled out of the ODI series against South Africa because he has not recovered from a calf injury. He is expected to be fit for the first Test, and until then Brendon McCullum is likely to continue as stand-in captain.

"He [Taylor] has started running and is ready to have a bat in the nets," New Zealand's physio Paul Close said. "He is on track to return to international cricket in time for the Test starting on March 7."

Taylor sustained the calf injury during the only Test against Zimbabwe in Napier and was forced to retire hurt on 122. He missed the limited-overs games against Zimbabwe and had been initially ruled out of only the three Twenty20s against South Africa. Now he will miss the three ODIs as well.

New Zealand began their home series against South Africa with a six-wicket victory in the first Twenty20 in Wellington.