Taylor: Someone is lying

2012-12-10 09:00

Wellington - Fired captain Ross Taylor has accused New Zealand Cricket of misrepresenting the circumstances of his dismissal, further inflaming a row overshadowing New Zealand's preparation for its tour of South Africa.

Accounts given to the media by Taylor, New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White and national coach Mike Hesson differ widely, leading Taylor to say in a radio interview on Monday that Hesson and NZC's versions are untrue.

White and Hesson say Taylor was asked to remain as Test captain but relinquish the captaincy of the New Zealand one-day and Twenty20 teams to Brendon McCullum. Taylor disputes that claim.

Asked on Monday whether someone at New Zealand Cricket was lying about the offer of the Test captaincy, Taylor replied "definitely."

In an increasingly bitter dispute being played out in the full glare of the media, the parties only agree that Taylor learned that he was to be stripped of the captaincy four days before last month's second Test against Sri Lanka.

Taylor was visited in his hotel room in Galle, Sri Lanka by Hesson, New Zealand assistant coach Bob Carter and team manager Mike Sandle. The differing versions of what happened at that meeting have become the cause of continuing bitterness between Taylor and New Zealand Cricket.

Taylor says Hesson made it clear he had lost confidence in his leadership and he would be dismissed as captain in all forms of the game once the second Test had been played. He place would be taken by Brendon McCullum, a long-time friend of Hesson's.

Despite Hesson and White insisting that Taylor was asked to remain as Test captain, Taylor claims the offer of retaining the Test role was only made after New Zealand won the second Test, squaring the series and breaking a run of five Test losses under his leadership.

Hesson said he may not have clearly communicated his intention, but Taylor said the meeting in Galle was brief and blunt and it was clear he was being fired from all captaincy roles.

"He said I wasn't a good enough leader, that this team needs a strong leader and that I wasn't a strong leader," Taylor said. "If I wasn't a strong leader why would he give me the Test captaincy?

"He said 'Ross, I am going to recommend to (NZC director of cricket) John Buchanan that we have a new captain for South Africa.' There was nothing in there about anything to do with a split captaincy."

Taylor has since made himself unavailable for the two-Test tour of South Africa starting later this month that also includes three Twenty20 internationals and three one-dayers.

"I don't think I could have given 100 percent," he said. "It has been a pretty stressful time for me, especially the last two or three weeks, but the last five months have been pretty tough on myself.

"The team will be better without me and all the distractions that have happened in the last couple of weeks."


  • Matthew.Keeley - 2012-12-10 09:23

    Maybe he wasn't the right man to be captain, but he's pretty much their most consistant player and clearly this whole thing has been handled very poorly by the team management! Bottom line is that the team is coming to SA without their two best players (also Vettori) and they are going to get thrashed! My bet is that at the end of the series the coaching staff will be booted and back will come Ross Taylor.

      pierre.devilliers.9231 - 2012-12-11 08:26

      It is the bad karma coming back to them for their atrocious behaviour during the last world cup when they assaulted AB de Villiers on the pitch. Don’t forget that event.

  • Ntutu Dlova - 2012-12-10 09:35

    Taylor did not send sms s to the Proteas. This has nothing to do with CSA. good luck Kiwis- u gonna need it

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-12-10 11:11

      He may not have sent derogatory SMSes to the opposing players but he has called his national administrators liars via the media. That's pretty hefty stuff. So, at the very least, I would expect a KP-style "reintegration process" to get underway.

      Caleb - 2012-12-10 21:54

      Thats because they are liars, Hesson has been back tracking ever since this broke. Taylor probably had to be stood down, but in a way where he felt like he was still a senior member of the team, it was just handled really badly. And we are completely screwed without him, especially against the Proteas, its gonna be a hiding.

      pierre.devilliers.9231 - 2012-12-11 08:22

      It does seem Hesson and Co are the liars, backtracking to "maybe we were not clear enough". Ntutu is right, with a big loss against SA, the coaching staff might be out the door. However SA should not underestimate NZ, they have surprised before.

  • Daniel Nunes - 2012-12-10 10:31

    They prob only had a 20% chance of winning a match against the proteas, with him in the team. Without him, prob 10%. NZC are clearly a bunch of palooka's!!!

      daryl.alexander.33 - 2012-12-10 10:48

      Just remember who knocked us out of the CWC. This sport is defined by the team on the day.

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-12-10 11:05

      They are not a great test team, but much better in the shorter versions as we experenced more than once.

      Caleb - 2012-12-10 21:56

      Those were the good old days unfortunately, both the test team and one day team are aweful. I agree with you Daniel, although i give NZ chances even less than what you are saying.

  • Jacques - 2012-12-10 10:38

    Such a nice change of pace to have the opposing side split by off-field cr*p that's flying with all this he-said-she-said type drama. Still sad for ross, though, bloody good batsman.

      pieterduplessis - 2012-12-10 10:59

      It is so true, but I must say about 10 years ago I always felt we were moving from 1 crisis to the next crisis especially rugby, however the past few years have been very stable for both the Proteas and Bokke, even the huge problems at administrator level has not really impacted the Proteas. Kudo's to the Coaching and Leadership at the Proteas and Bokke over the past years.

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-12-10 11:10

      The Proteas are not so settled at all since Mr Norman Arendse made his intentions known for a return. Hopefully players and administrators can settle down and stop talking of strikes.

  • Ouklip - 2012-12-10 12:10

    This sounds like Jake White sending Matfield home on his first Tri-Nations tour. There something wrong when the a team wins a away series and on their return the captain is replaced and dropped. To makes matters worse he is their only world class bat. Then they replace the keeper who understands Afrikaans which would be a HUGE factor during the tour. I would assume the NZ board and selectors (including the new coach) studied at the Fawltey Academy for bad management.

  • phumlani.loliwe - 2012-12-10 13:50

    Too bad we can't take credit for this one, it would've been 2 captains down for Graeme Smith in 2012...atleast he has McCullum to start next year with!

  • Kwanele Mzwanele Masoka - 2012-12-10 20:31

    If truth b told Ross you have let m down! Everybody knows what a classy banger you are,but lately you have left me with no option but to call a crybaby. I mean why sulk instead of taking that as positive and concetrate on your bating. I am sure by now you know captains come and go but the black caps will always be there... Ever heard of a nicer way to tell the captain to relinquish the power...ANYWHERE??????

      Caleb - 2012-12-10 21:59

      The man was told he was bot good enough to be captain, he is the best in that team by far. And he also was told this just before they went out and won their last test against Sri Lanka. It was just really disrespectful to the guy thats constantly propping up our batting order, thats why he is not happy.

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