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Dumped Taylor 'distressed'

2012-12-07 09:10

Wellington - Ousted New Zealand cricket captain Ross Taylor said on Friday he was distressed at being axed in favour of Brendon McCullum and needed a break from the game after a "very challenging" time.

After a week of intense speculation about Taylor's future, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) confirmed the 28-year-old batsman had been dumped as skipper and would sit out the upcoming tour of South Africa.

"It was felt that the workload for a young captain was a lot," NZC chief executive David White told reporters, adding that Taylor rejected an offer to remain Test captain while handing limited overs duties to McCullum.

Despite presiding over a string of poor results, Taylor remains New Zealand's best batsman, averaging 43.45, and his absence from the Test squad for South Africa further weakens a side missing injured spinner Dan Vettori.

Taylor said coach Mike Hesson told him he was no longer wanted as captain before last month's two-Test series in Sri Lanka, where the Black Caps fought back for a creditable 1-1 draw after losing heavily in the first Test.

"Obviously, the news and the timing was distressing," he said in a statement. "It has been a very challenging and pressured time and I don't believe I can give 100 percent to the game at this time."

Taylor, who White said could play in a home series against England in February, did not rule out an international comeback under McCullum.

"I am determined to contribute to the Black Caps team in the future and help whoever is in charge to win," he said.

Opener McCullum, 31, is widely seen as offering more attacking tactical nous than the conservative Taylor.

Hesson defended his treatment of Taylor over the captaincy, saying "there's no good time to deliver news like that" but conceded "it's been a very unfortunate week... and not the result anyone wanted".

The handling of the issue has sparked fury in New Zealand cricketing circles, with batsman Jesse Ryder tweeting that it "angers me watching Ross Taylor getting dumped on".

Retired allrounder Scott Styris also took to the micro-blogging site saying "any goodwill/public support from fans and supporters towards the Black Caps after their brilliant win in SL (Sri Lanka) has now gone!".

TVNZ reported on Thursday that batting great Martin Crowe resigned from his post as NZC talent scout in protest at the organisation's actions.

Fairfax Media columnist Ben Stanley wrote after Friday's announcement that the episode had been "an absolutely appallingly executed operation by a national sporting body and its board".

Stanley added that the South Africa tour beginning later this month, which pits eighth-placed Test nation New Zealand against the top-ranked Proteas, was now "looming as a potential massacre".

New Zealand lost seven of 13 Tests under Taylor's captaincy, winning four and drawing two.

Two of the wins were against lowly Zimbabwe, with the highlights of his tenure a rare Test victory over Australia in Hobart in December last year and the series-levelling second Test victory over Sri Lanka in Colombo last month.

Over the same period, the Black Caps have lost one-day series to South Africa, the West Indies and Sri Lanka, with their sole series win against Zimbabwe.

Test squad for South Africa tour beginning December 18:

New Zealand - Brendon McCullum (captain), Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Dean Brownlie, Daniel Flynn, James Franklin, Peter Fulton, Martin Guptill, Chris Martin, Bruce Martin, Jeetan Patel, Kane Williamson, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling.

AFP

Comments
  • wesley.rousseau.58 - 2012-12-07 09:50

    I would also be distressed if I was coming to face South Africa

      fatu.esialai - 2012-12-07 10:33

      Wow, I don't know if you're more ignorant or arrogant.

      werner.nel.984786 - 2012-12-07 11:13

      Good riddance. Any captain that allows his 12th man (Kyle Mills) to run on to the pitch to sledge a batsman (Faf Du Plessis) deserves to get dumped.

      justinfarmer.stadtlander - 2012-12-07 12:45

      Ye Wesley, I agree with you. they got to fly half way across the world to face probably the most feared seam attack in the world with a half baked, demotivated team. I wish them luck but see a complete white wash and our batsman only taking the pitch once in each test, we wont be needing a second innings.

  • raymond.romans.5 - 2012-12-07 10:01

    Hiding coming NZ's way, that's for sure. Bad mistake to drop Taylor.

      raymond.romans.5 - 2012-12-07 12:19

      sizwe, what did I say? Is the common word not 'dropped'? I would be very careful of calling people names as well. You say you work at Multichoice? Perhaps a visit is necessary, I have a few complaints about the service.

      rodney.louis.7 - 2012-12-07 15:02

      Even if Taylor was hear , A hiding they'll! get . i hope they re -inforce their helmets gna be a bumpy ride forsure

  • nick.collis.16 - 2012-12-07 10:33

    Reasonable bowling attack but without Taylor their batting looks thin. Proteas seam attack must be licking their lips!

      wesley.rousseau.58 - 2012-12-07 12:21

      I think Southee is the only problem, expect Smith, Alviro, Hash, AB and Kallis all to cash in on hundreds

  • robert.p.gemmell - 2012-12-07 12:26

    This decision is going to make our lives so much easier to beat them. He is a talented cricketer and to leave him out for whatever reason is a mistake the Kiwi's should not make.

  • dragonfire47 - 2012-12-07 12:32

    Oh my word we thrashed them senseless in there own back yard, what we going to do to them on our turf, this is going to be a massacre

  • Brink.Andries - 2012-12-08 09:34

    Yes he (Taylor) is an OK batsman (Not as captain though) and not a great leader - always seems to be jogging to the next place - never really confident and in control. But I fear NZC is in a real mess if they go for the tattooed Mcullum. He has no real fight that one - always good for a spectacular 30 or so and then throws it away. Of the lot (and it does look very very thin) I would probably go with Bracewell. He has the cricketing pedigree. Southee - Cannot wait for the boys to smash him out of the side again.

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