Former New Zealand captain Ross Taylor has revealed that he knew about his demotion before the Sri Lanka Test series, but had to keep it quiet, and struggled to sleep properly during the trip.
Taylor was stripped of his limited overs captaincy role this week, but chose to give up the Test position too, and then also withdrew from the upcoming tour to South Africa. Brendon McCullum was made the skipper in all three formats.
According to NZ network 3 News, Taylor was told of his fate four days before the Tests on the sub-continent, and that he only got three hours of sleep a night. Despite that, he still scored a century and a fifty in the second Test.
It has since been revealed that Taylor and coach Mike Hesson did not have a good relationship, and that Taylor predicted his own demise when Hesson replaced John Wright as coach a few months ago.
A candid Taylor said of Hesson: "After my first meeting with the guy as coach, my dad asked me what I thought. I said 'I don't think I'll be in the job longer than 12 months'. I was wrong, it was six months.
"In this job you meet a lot of people and you get vibes. The way he (Hesson) was talking to me and the way he was talking about me, I thought was a bit strange."
Taylor's reign as captain was not an impressive one overall, but he was well-liked and seemed to be building a solid core of young players, and they ended the tour of Sri Lanka with a 1-1 draw in the Test series.
He added: "All I can say is I've tried my best in every situation and tried to get the best out of my players."
Reaction to Taylor's dismissal was swift and strong, in his favour, causing McCullum to begin his tenure under a cloud of ill-will from fans and pundits. He will need to work hard to regain some trust as the Kiwis head off to face the world's number one side.