Taylor makes a welcome return

Ross Taylor during the second ODI against England in Tauranga. Photo: Getty Images
Ross Taylor will be welcomed by the home side and, in particular, the middle order who showed a lack of composure during his absence. Photo: Getty Images
Ross Taylor knows exactly where England will bowl to him if he finds himself batting to win the game - wide hole.

New Zealand's most experience batsman missed the last game with a thigh injury but has been ruled fit for today's crucial one-day international against England the University Oval.

His return will be welcomed by the home side and, in particular, the middle order who showed a lack of composure during his absence.

Kane Williamson did his best to drag New Zealand to victory in game three with an undefeated century. But England held on to win by four runs and lead the series 2-1.

The Black Caps need to win today to keep the five-game series alive. Taylor is confident New Zealand can take the series to a decider.

''We know we can play well and we played well in the last game for parts of it,'' Taylor said.

''Obviously we need to get off to a good start, set the platform and we know we are a good side when we have wickets in hand and can utilise the death overs to our advantage.''

''There is no use going out there helter-skelter and you are four for spit and are playing catch-up the whole time.

''All the players know their roles and ... hopefully I can contribute to that in taking it deep and our power players at the end can do the job.''

Two of the three games have been decided in the final over and, if game four goes the same way, New Zealand would be well served to have Taylor around at the death.

He scored 113 to help New Zealand win the opener by three wickets. And with 203 ODIs under the belt, there are not too many situations which are new to the punishing right-hander.

It is a tough gig closing a match with the bat, or ball for that matter, but Taylor tries to keep a clear mind.

''You probably don't try to look too far ahead, play the ball on its merits and try and have your two or three boundary options.

''You've got to be still but at the same time you've got to premeditate a little bit and try and think of where he is going to try to bowl.

''I think you get a bit of a read on a bowler - I guess that is why you scout and analyse that stuff before the game.

''If you can put pressure on them and make them step away from their game plan then you know - I think I'm pretty sure I know where most people try and bowl to me,'' he added, joking about his off side game during the death.

When the pressure comes on, Taylor goes back to the shot that has both served him so well and led to his downfall on many occasions - the slog sweep over cow corner.

It is a shot he has put away at test level but old faithful could come in very handy today.

Taylor's return means Mark Chapman has been released from the squad, while England will be reluctant to change a winning side.

The game has sold out. Capacity at the University Oval was increased from 4500 to 5500 for the match with the addition of temporary seating.

The weather forecast is for cloud and a chance of showers in the afternoon.

Bring an umbrella and keep your eyes on the ball if you are sitting at wide midwicket.

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