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NZ backlash over captaincy

2012-12-08 12:52

Wellington - There were calls for New Zealand cricket administrators to resign on Saturday over the sacking of top batsman Ross Taylor as captain, while new skipper Brendon McCullum denied any role in the dismissal.

Former captain Martin Crowe and New Zealand's largest daily newspaper, The New Zealand Herald, asked those responsible for Taylor's dismissal, and the way it was handled, to step aside.

"This week the game in New Zealand has been severely damaged. Permanently, I believe," Crowe wrote on the cricinfo website. "Those directly accountable should go, simply as rightful punishment."

In an editorial, the Herald described New Zealand Cricket (NZC) as a rudderless ship and said "Taylor has become the latest poster-child for the high-performance dysfunction in our national summer game.

"As a board that has involved itself heavily in operational matters, they must... call an extraordinary general meeting and resign."

McCullum's promotion on Friday, ahead of the Black Caps' upcoming tour of South Africa, ended months of speculation about Taylor's future since ex-Kenya coach Mike Hesson took over the reins of the New Zealand team in July.

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.

Hesson, a long-time associate of McCullum, never publicly endorsed Taylor as captain and referred to him as being a board appointment.

"His fate was sealed when Mike Hesson stepped into the head coach role. We waited for Taylor's execution day," former New Zealand fast bowler Jonathan Millmow said in The Press newspaper.

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".

McCullum said any suggestion that he was involved in a coup, and of a rift between himself and Taylor, was untrue.

"It cuts right to the bone, that people would question your integrity and your character like that," he said.

"I had absolutely no involvement in that recommendation whatsoever. I was asked if I would lead the one-day and Twenty20 team two days ago, and yesterday I was asked if I'd lead the Test team after Ross turned it down."

Taylor, who immediately made himself unavailable for the South Africa tour, rejected Hesson's claim that he was still wanted as Test captain.

He said he was initially told before the first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle last month that he was not wanted as captain at all.

"They told me I wasn't good enough as a captain, wasn't good enough for this team," Taylor told The New Zealand Herald. "To hear I wasn't good enough was disappointing. It was interesting."

"I was offered the Test captaincy a couple of weeks (after the Sri Lanka meeting), when it was clear to me from conversations, they didn't want me at all.

"It wasn't a huge shock. Hesson never supported me through the whole time I'd been captain, but I was surprised by the timing."

AFP

Comments
  • zapadela.tistarocha - 2012-12-08 13:03

    How can we drop our best player................ridiculous. Put these morons on the dole please

      sanjay.monsingh - 2012-12-08 13:13

      they dont deserve even that buddy

      zapadela.tistarocha - 2012-12-08 13:18

      You know sometimes our Sport administrators are so out of tune with whats going on....it's almost criminal.

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-12-08 13:40

      It's a difficult situation any time a captain and coach suffer a bust-up. The key is what the other Test players think, whether they'd prefer Taylor or McCullum as skipper. If it's the latter, then you can't blame the administrators. If the captain loses the dressing room, it's over.

      gestoffle.vaneerdenvark - 2012-12-08 18:25

      zapadela.tistarocha/bluzulu - a$$hole, what do you know about cricket? suddenly you kiwi again..fool

      gestoffle.vaneerdenvark - 2012-12-08 18:43

      just FYI, this is an indian living in richards bay, thinking he is a kiwi, know him and you'll understand........

      Adeeb Saban - 2012-12-08 18:47

      Hahahahahaha, Tistaroka is a big P0@$

      pierre.devilliers.9231 - 2012-12-09 09:59

      Hope South Africa don't relax and give the series to NZ. NZ still can deliver a punch.

      donavan.boshoff - 2012-12-10 10:13

      @ gestoffle i'l bet his accent is something to be heard and all.

      gsaker1 - 2012-12-11 06:13

      He didn't get dropped as a player only lost the captaincy - he is having a break - his own choice - by not going on the SA tour - and has said he will return for the English tour of NZ

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-12-08 18:31

    I'm glad Taylor stays at home...he is a bit of a loose cannon playing wise but he can take a game away from you...

      dragonfire47 - 2012-12-09 07:53

      not against us

  • dragonfire47 - 2012-12-09 07:51

    oh please nz, do you actually believe having taylor in the side would make a difference, you should drop the entire squad and start from scratch, Steyn and co will destroy you, ask the ozzies and england

      gsaker1 - 2012-12-09 08:54

      No doubt SA will win in the test series but I wouldn't be so sure in short version of the game. NZ have a far better record than SA in the one day World Cup and remember they have no Jessie Rider or Ross Taylor - both of whom can destroy any attack and are both NZ best batsmen - especially Jessie Rider..who is player superbly at the moment in NZ but is still doing time for his alcohol problems which he seems to have cured. The one thing I wouldn't underestimate is the Kiwi attack - Southee has taken 24 wickets at 21.54 average in the last twelve months and Alan Donald said 12 months ago when he was with NZ that this kid could become the best swing bowler in the world - seems he is proving to be right - Boult is also developing into a superb left arm swing bowler...Bracewell is up and down but on bouncer wickets he can be very dangerous as he is a hit the deck bowler..yes NZ's batting is depleted and the SA attack in the best in the world in my opinion...but this Kiwi attack is a strong attack and should not be underestimated. Its their batting that has let them down except in the last test - like many teams - they got found out on the subcontinent and in the West Indies against two world class spinners. Sorry but SA does not have a world class spinner despite the pace prowess so this could be interesting. Tahir was absolute rubbish in Australia...The Kiwi spinner Patel is a far better spinner.

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-12-09 09:06

      If you asked the Aussies and England how their last two series in SA played out, both will tell you that they drew their last series and beat the Proteas in the one before that. The Proteas should win this series, though. It will be a start in addressing what has been a pretty mediocre home record. 1-1 draw against India at home when both Eng and Aus whitewashed them 4-0, for example.

      donavan.boshoff - 2012-12-10 10:44

      gsaker we beat them in all formats in new zealand, they should not be a problem in SA especially with all their in-fighting, its ours for the taking

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