Taylor axed for SA tour

2012-12-07 07:11

Wellington - Ross Taylor was dumped as captain of the New Zealand cricket team in favour of Brendon McCullum Friday and will sit out the Black Caps' upcoming tour of South Africa, officials said.

Taylor, 28, was axed after rejecting an offer to remain Test skipper while handing limited overs duties to McCullum, New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White said.

White denied coach Mike Hesson had lost faith in Taylor's captaincy after a string of poor results since taking over in June 2011, but said he was concerned the skipper's duties were affecting his batting.

"He felt it would be better for Ross to focus on his game," White told reporters. "It was felt that the workload for a young captain was a lot."

Despite his team's woes, Taylor has been New Zealand's best batsman in recent Tests, averaging 43.57, and his absence will be sorely felt against South Africa, who top the Test rankings while New Zealand are placed eighth.

White said Taylor would take a break from cricket but was expected to be available for the home series against England beginning in February.

Opener McCullum, 31, has acted as captain in one-day internationals and Twenty20s but not at Test level.

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 a 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.

New Zealand named the following Twenty20 and Test squads on Friday for their tour of South Africa. New Zealand play South Africa in three T20 matches later this month before a two-Test series starting in January.

T20 squad:

Brendon McCullum (captain), Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Derek de Boorder, James Franklin, Peter Fulton, Martin Guptill, Ronnie Hira, Nathan McCullum, Mitchell McClenaghan, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Rob Nicol

Test squad:

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.


  • Hansie.Crook - 2012-12-07 07:31

    Its a good thing he got axed BEFORE the SA tour because if he had been axed during or after the tour, some SA fans would claim it to be Smith's doing....... How stupid!

      odupreez - 2012-12-07 08:04

      Are you on pot or something, how do you tie these things together ?.

      morne.vandyk.58 - 2012-12-07 08:13

      Well, I guess it is another test captain for Smith. He is now so good that he is getting rid of test captains even before the series starts.

      wesley.rousseau.58 - 2012-12-07 08:40

      hahaha, Smith has Leveled up in his captain slaying skills

      thomas.cannon.712 - 2012-12-08 00:56

      Really?? Are NZ in a position they can drop this guy!!! He would have been the one we would have to watch the most next to McCallum!!

  • marco.hudson.33 - 2012-12-07 07:51

    You're definately not hansie slim......

  • dragonfire47 - 2012-12-07 07:57

    so no taylor for there tour, even with him in there squad this wouldnt have taken too long, now without him, well hmmm, 3 day tests

      wesley.rousseau.58 - 2012-12-07 08:09

      Yip It's basically going to be warm up matches for the Pak series

  • odupreez - 2012-12-07 08:18

    Might be that Taylor has a bad record, but Brendon's record will definitely start on a very, very bad note and to be quite honest without Taylor, Vetori and Kruger van Wyk, these guys are in for a whipping second to none. The NZ team should play in a different division with the likes of Afganistan, Russia and Canada.

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-12-07 10:49

      They're not that bad, having drawn series in Aus and SL this year. England also only managed a 1-1 draw in SL and India lost 4-0 in Aus.

  • shaun.miekle - 2012-12-07 22:52

    What about their BEE policy?

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