Ross Taylor. Photo by Reuters
Ross Taylor has revealed the depth of his relationship
breakdown with coach Mike Hesson in an exclusive interview with
the Weekend Herald
on the day he relinquished the reins
of the national team.
Yesterday details emerged of a meeting between Taylor,
Hesson, assistant coach Bob Carter and manager Mike Sandle
before the first test in Galle last month.
"They told me I wasn't good enough as a captain, wasn't good
enough for this team," Taylor said. "To hear I wasn't good
enough was disappointing. It was interesting."
At the end of the hardest few days of his career, Taylor, 28,
released a statement confirming he had declined New Zealand
Cricket's offer to be test and tour captain of New Zealand.
He claimed that having a split captaincy would lead to
"confusion" within the squad.
In a subsequent interview with the Herald, he provided
context behind his decision.
"I was offered the test captaincy a couple of weeks [after
the Sri Lanka meeting], when it was clear to me from
conversations, they didn't want me at all."
Taylor said he had become aware his position was becoming
"It wasn't huge shock. Hesson never supported me through the
whole time I'd been captain, but I was surprised by the
Taylor and his manager Leanne McGoldrick met New Zealand
Cricket chief executive David White for three hours on
Thursday. It was a fraught meeting.
"I wanted to go in with an open mind and no preconceived
ideas. Leanne and I asked a lot of questions, the majority of
which he couldn't answer."
The only prior communication he had received from White was a
congratulatory text following the Colombo test victory, a win
secured largely on the back of Taylor's double of 142 and 74.
He was not invited to the tour debrief.
"I thought I'd get input as the captain, but they never asked
As talk started to swirl that his reign was in jeopardy,
rumours began to be floated about certain aspects of his
captaincy, notably his communication.
Taylor acknowledged he was not the perfect captain, but said
he felt he had improved immeasurably from the tour to
Zimbabwe last year and would have continued to get better had
management allowed him the opportunity.
"I know I had areas to work on," Taylor said. "I was far from
the finished product, but I lacked a lot of support from the
management in a lot of areas, which was disappointing. Under
[John] Wrighty I was learning a lot; under Hesson, the
relationship was pretty poor. I didn't think he supported me
in that role."
On the vexed question of his relationship with Brendon
McCullum, the man many will see as having agitated for the
position, Taylor was matter of fact.
"We're teammates and I fully support him. I'm behind him 100
per cent. Captains and coaches come and go all the time. At
the end of the day, the team is forever and I wish him well."
McCullum was not talking to the media yesterday. It is
understood that NZC are anxious to avoid tying McCullum into
Taylor's demise, however impossible that might be to achieve,
and want him to focus on galvanising the squad ahead of one
of the most daunting assignments in international cricket.
The two have talked amicably since the decision.
Taylor's decision to take some time off robs New Zealand of
their best batsman for what shapes as a treacherous tour to
It is not clear whether he will return for the marquee home
series against England, though he made it clear he has
unfinished business in the sport.
"It's still fresh and raw. It's been a pretty difficult five
months for me. It's a chance to get away from it, spend some
time with the family and have a Christmas. I don't believe I
can give 100 per cent to the game at this time.
"Cricket is my life and my passion. I love the game and I
love playing for my country. But taking a break is the right
thing for me right now."
Ross Taylor - Captaincy record
Batting: 1047 runs at 49.8 (overall 43.57)
Hundreds: 3 (overall 8)
Lost: 12 (2 n/r)
Batting: 795 at 46.76 (overall 37.86)
Hundreds: 2 (6 overall)
- By Dylan Cleaver and David Leggat of the New Zealand