Cricket: Taylor puts date on return

Ross Taylor
Ross Taylor
Dumped Black Caps captain Ross Taylor has put a date on his return to cricket.

Taylor's been sitting out of the game for more than a month and refused to go on the tour of South Africa after being demoted as captain of the national side.

But he's tweeted that he'll be back playing for Central Districts in their Plunket Shield match beginning on January 24.

"All the best to the @BLACKCAPS for the second test. Looking forward to working my way back for the home series against England," he also told followers.

It will be a relief for New Zealand cricket fans to have their most consistent batsman back in the lineup after the Black Caps were bowled out for just 45 in the first innings of the first test against the Proteas. The second and final test begins tonight.

New Zealand will play England in three Twenty20s, three ODIs and three tests starting on February 9.

- By Steven Holloway of nzherald.co.nz