Ross Taylor has disputed New Zealand Cricket's version of
the events that led to him being replaced as Black Caps
In an interview with Radio Sport this morning, Taylor, who
withdrew from the squad over the controversy involving new
skipper Brendon McCullum, said he was told in a meeting four
days before leading his team to victory against Sri Lanka in
the second test in Galle that he was to be stripped of the
captaincy of all three forms of the game.
Also present at the meeting were coach Mike Hesson, assistant
Bob Carter and manager Mike Sandle.
Hesson has said Taylor was told he would be relieved of the
captaincy of the short versions of the game only. NZC chief
executive David White has confirmed Hesson's version of
events after ringing the coach, Carter and Sandle.
Taylor said the test captaincy was then offered a week ago in
a phone call by Hesson.
He said he was told in the Galle meeting he wasn't up to
scratch as a leader and that was confirmed in a one-on-one
meeting the next day with Hesson.
"He said I wasn't a good enough leader, that this team needs
a strong leader and that I wasn't a strong leader. If I
wasn't a strong leader why would he give me the test
captaincy?" Taylor said.
"He said 'Ross, I am going to recommend to [NZC director of
cricket] John Buchanan that we have a new captain for South
Africa'. There was nothing in there about anything to do with
a split captaincy."
Asked by interviewer Brendan Telfer whether someone within
NZC was lying, Taylor said: "Definitely."
Taylor, who has made himself unavailable for New Zealand's
tour of South Africa, said he hoped to make a decision on
when he would return after Christmas.
He felt he had made the right decision in not going to South
"I don't think I could have given 100 per cent. It has been a
pretty stressful time for me, especially the last two or
three weeks but the last five months have been pretty tough
Asked if a better approach might have been to "get back on
the horse", Taylor said: "It's still pretty fresh in my mind.
I think I got straight back on the horse by not turning down
the captaincy in Galle and leading the team to that victory
... it would have been easy for a person in my position to
just give it up there and then but I decided that the best
thing for the team was to carry on.
"The team will be better without me and all the distractions
that have happened in the last couple of weeks."
Taylor said he had received texts and calls of support from
some of his teammates as well as high-profile cricketers
around the world, including controversial England batsman
Kevin Pietersen "offering his support and wondering if I
needed a chat, because obviously he's been through a couple
of things in the last few months".