Ross Taylor: 'I just want to get out and play some
As of lunchtime yesterday, Ross Taylor didn't know where
he'd be batting on his return to the New Zealand side at Eden
"I'll bat where I'm put," he said as he contemplated his 48th
T20, against England.
And in one sentence it was the clearest example of Taylor's
significantly changed circumstances in the national team from
the last time he'd been in the fold, running the show in Sri
Lanka before Christmas.
Taylor's ill-timed dumping as New Zealand captain after
guiding the side to a 167-run win in Sri Lanka in December
produced furious fallout, with the flak aimed almost entirely
at NZ Cricket and the man who oversaw his axing, coach Mike
Speaking after his first practice with his old/new teammates,
Taylor made it clear he had "no regrets" over withdrawing
from the tour to South Africa, was cagey on his recent
meeting with Hesson, and doubted there was much wrong with
his relationship with the player who has replaced him as
skipper, Brendon McCullum.
"It's a work in progress," Taylor said of the outcome of his
meeting with Hesson. "It went well, and I just want to get
out and play some cricket."
Had the work in progress, er, progressed in recent days?
"It's where it left off in Sri Lanka. We won that last test
[there] so can't complain."
He would not go into details on what was said at the meeting
but insisted he held no grudges.
"I can't speak for anyone else. But I've just been acting my
normal self; I don't think there's anything there."
However, Taylor conceded that getting axed before the first
test in Sri Lanka did not come entirely "out of the blue".
Could he sense it coming? "Yes".
Could he expand on that? "I can't elaborate on it too much.
I've said what I have to say in the past."
His comeback after a six-week layoff significantly
strengthens New Zealand's batting, although Taylor admitted,
on the strength of a couple of games for Central Districts
and work in the nets, that he was not quite where he'd hoped
to be, but not far off.
Taylor said he believed all parties wanted to move on.
"There's probably people outside the team that want to stir
it up a bit. We can't control that."
He had caught up with McCullum yesterday morning, hadn't had
a chance for a sit-down, but expected that would happen in
the next day or two.
It wouldn't be a clear-the-air meeting as "I don't think
there was anything wrong with our relationship in the first
Whatever had taken place would not stop Taylor offering his
advice to McCullum if he thought he had a point worth making.
"Regardless of whether you're a senior or junior player, if
you've got something to offer to the team you'd be silly not
- David Leggat of the NZ Herald