Wellington - Ross Taylor says he has moved on from the New Zealand cricket
captaincy saga, but he would like to one day lead the national side
According to the stuff.co.nz website, on the eve of his first appearance on the England tour, against the England Lions in Leicester tonight (NZ time),
Taylor told the Daily Mirror that time away in the Indian Premier
League had given him the distance needed to get over the disappointment
of being stripped of the captaincy by coach Mike Hesson.
"It is all pretty good now," Taylor said.
"We've all moved on, and from my point of view I don't want it to be a distraction to anyone.
"I'm feeling good about myself in the set-up, and both Brendon
[McCullum] and Mike have been great, so hopefully I can score some runs
for them and see what happens.
"Getting away and going to the IPL was a good thing because it let me reflect on things.
"It is really up to me. The more I dwell on it then the more it will linger, and by letting it go it means I've moved on."
Taylor was dumped as Black caps captain by Hesson, who promoted McCullum to the role late last year.
Taylor, like most of the New Zealand cricketing public, was unhappy
about how the leadership was changed, so much so that he did not tour
South Africa with the team.
He returned for the home series against England, but the day after
the third test he said he still did not feel comfortable in the dressing
A month in India appears to have done wonders for the healing
process, and he indicated he would "like to captain New Zealand again in
"I'm still young - I'm 29 - and I've got a lot of time left to play for New Zealand," he told the Daily Mirror.
"I've got some individual goals to achieve over time and I wouldn't rule out captaincy at all."