Taylor aims for Oz Tests after groin surgery

New Zealand

New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor is hoping to be fit in time for the Test series against Australia in early November, after he underwent testicular surgery in Zimbabwe last month.

Taylor was struck in the groin during a nets session in Harare by spinner Ish Sodhi, and needed immediate surgery. At the time, it was unclear exactly what 'groin injury' he had.

He's not allowed to think about batting until October, as another strike in the area would be very serious, but hopes he'll be fit for the first Test in Brisbane in the first week of November.

Taylor said on Radio Sport: "Any time you get hit on the box, or in my case missing the box, there's always a bit of pain.

"I've just got to make sure that I don't get hit again and I should be fine.

"There's not a lot of cricket on now so the focus is getting ready for the first Test in Australia."

New Zealand are currently playing an ODI series in South Africa, with Taylor one of many senior players missing, either due to injury or being rested.