Ross Taylor has continued a media offensive against Mike
Hesson and New Zealand Cricket, showing an aggression usually
reserved for the batting crease.
Riding a wave of public goodwill following his removal as
captain in favour of Brendon McCullum, Taylor has launched a
PR blitz a politician would be proud of.
He kept his counsel as speculation swirled last week but,
once Hesson and NZC chief executive David White had had their
says, Taylor has told his side of the story and has even
stated his belief someone within NZC has been bending the
About the only person who has kept quiet throughout this
whole saga is NZC chairman Chris Moller, and several calls to
him today weren't returned.
But Taylor did enough talking for everyone, disputing NZC's
version of the events that led to him being replaced as Black
At the now-infamous meeting in Galle before the first test
against Sri Lanka, Hesson has said he told Taylor his
stewardship was being reviewed.
But Taylor said on Radio Sport this morning he was told he
wasn't up to scratch as a leader, and that message was
confirmed in a one-on-one meeting the next day with Hesson.
"[Hesson] 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," Taylor said.
"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
Taylor said Hesson rang him with the offer of the test
captaincy a week ago.
Asked by interviewer Brendan Telfer whether someone within
NZC was lying, Taylor said: "Definitely."
But Taylor wasn't done there, taking a couple more shots at
Hesson in an interview with RadioLive.
Having held the test captaincy for a year by the time Hesson
was appointed as coach in July, Taylor thought the
combination of such an inexperienced pair meant "it probably
wasn't a good relationship".
Regardless of that belief, Taylor said he did try.
"I gave [Hesson] as much support as captain and I don't think
that was reciprocated."
While Taylor and Hesson enjoyed a prickly relationship, it
was well-known the former Otago coach was much more connected
with Taylor's replacement.
But Taylor revealed Hesson's fondness for McCullum's
leadership skills extended to the wicketkeeper's older
In the second ODI against Sri Lanka, with Brendon McCullum
injured and Taylor laid low by a vomiting bug, captain and
coach clashed over who would assume leadership duties should
Taylor succumb to his illness.
"I mentioned Kane Williamson should be captain if I wasn't
there and Mike Hesson said Nathan McCullum would be captain.
I did my best to stay out on the field."
Taylor said he hadn't been in contact with NZC since last
week and, given his own communication skills as skipper were
called into question, he thought the organisation's efforts
in that area were "interesting".
Taylor has been communicating rather well the last few days,
and said getting his gripes of his chest was cathartic.
"I'm cooling down. It's nice to tell my side of the story and
the events from my point of view. As I've said, I still love
playing for my country, and hopefully it's not too long
before I do that."