New Zealand will bank on Taylor’s experience
New Zealand coach Mike Hesson said they will welcome the experience of Ross Taylor back into the middle-order for the crucial fourth ODI against England in Dunedin on Wednesday.
The Black Caps went down by four runs in the third game of the five-match series in Wellington on Saturday as they fell agonisingly short chasing a target of 235.
Captain Kane Williamson struck a fantastic unbeaten century for the hosts on a slow pitch but did not get the required support from the rest of the batting line-up.
Taylor scored a ton in New Zealand’s victory in the first game in Hamilton but missed the Wellington match because of a hamstring niggle and should be fit for the Kiwis’ must-win game as they try to win the series from two-one behind.
Hesson said: “We have some very talented players, such as Mark Chapman, but at the moment they aren’t Ross Taylor. It’s looking promising for Ross.
“That’s probably the best Kane has played in 12 months in terms of the way he stuck to his game plan form ball one.
“As the only player to pass fifty suggests it was an outstanding innings. To get us to a point where we had a chance to win was testament to his quality.”
The fifth and final ODI of the series will be played in Christchurch on Saturday.
India tour of South Africa still on, awaits government approval
India’s scheduled tour of South Africa remains on schedule, provided the situation in South Africa doesn’t deteriorate.
India could make three changes, Steve Harmison suggests
Former England fast bowler Steve Harmison has backed India to make three changes for the second Test against the touring New Zealand side.
Duanne Olivier hoping to bring English skills to South Africa
Duanne Olivier is hoping to apply some of the skills he learned while playing in England to the South Africa domestic circuit.
Second Test: Sri Lanka vs West Indies – Day Two scores
Follow Sri Lanka vs West Indies.
Jos Buttler: Team that deals with distractions best will win Ashes
Rain has kept the visitors from their warm-up matches and Australia have faced the unexpected departure of Tim Paine as captain and wicketkeeper.
First Test: Bangladesh vs Pakistan – Day five – Scorecard
Follow Bangladesh vs Pakistan
Delhi cricket officials question wisdom of multi-purpose stadium
A new stadium project doesn’t have the backing of the DDCA.