Wellington - Ross Taylor admits the huge standing ovations he's received since
his cricketing comeback have only intensified the pressure on him to
perform with the bat.
According to stuff.co.nz website, the former New Zealand captain spoke on Thursday of his mixed emotions
after scoring 100 off 117 balls in a losing cause in the second ODI in
Napier, which England won by eight wickets to send the series to a
decider in Auckland on Saturday.
Taylor scored 13, four, six and 22 in his four innings against
England since his two-month hiatus following the captaincy drama.
When he raised his bat for a hard-fought century on Wednesday, his
seventh on ODI cricket, the relief was palpable at McLean Park.
"There are a lot of emotions going through your mind and body.
Obviously with what's gone on it was nice to know that I can still bat. I
didn't feel great out there but it's even more satisfying to know that
you can still score runs when you don't feel quite 100 per cent," he
Taylor, who was jettisoned as skipper by coach Mike Hesson, has
received standing ovations at every venue this summer and even provoked a
banner: 'Taylor for Prime Minister' in Wellington.
"Coming out in every game and getting a pretty amazing reception,
it's not normal and you do put extra pressure on yourself, whether
consciously or subconsciously. I think I did put a lot of pressure on
myself," he said of his struggles before Napier.
"Every time you play international cricket it's nice to be able to
get up for it and having the crowd do that makes it even easier to get
up for it as long as you don't get too hyped. It is a nice feeling and I
guess the hundred was for all of the people who have supported me for
the last little while."
Taylor and Hesson have both described their relationship as a work
in progress. They haven't spoken much since their clear the air meeting
before the England series, and Taylor said Hesson offered a simple 'well
batted' after Wednesday's knock.
"He speaks to all the individuals. I haven't had a lot to talk with
Hess about. He comes and has the odd chat. Everything's going fine. I
don't know what else to say."
Taylor reiterated he felt comfortable in the team environment under
new skipper Brendon McCullum, despite all the drama of the past three
"The time I've been in the team I've felt like I never left.
Different aspects have changed but these are still the same team-mates
I've played with and hopefully I can score a few more runs for them and
win a few more games for New Zealand."