NZ’s Ross Taylor hoping county insight of Stuart Broad proves useful in Tests
Ross Taylor hopes the insight he gained on how Stuart Broad operates during a county stint together three years ago pays off handsomely when New Zealand take on England in their two-match Test series.
Broad’s 10 dismissals of Taylor in 16 matches are the most by any bowler against the veteran New Zealand batsman in Tests. Broad’s long-time opening bowling partner James Anderson has taken Taylor’s wicket five times in 14 games.
While England’s rest and rotation policy means there are no guarantees both their record-breaking seamers will feature in the first Test, which gets under way at Lord’s on Wednesday, Taylor is in upbeat mood.
Ahead of his 106th Test appearance, the 37-year-old Taylor revealed how sharing a dressing room with Broad at Nottinghamshire in 2018 gave him a useful understanding of how his tormentor handles himself.
“I had the fortune to play with him at Notts and saw the way he went about things, I heard him talking to bowlers and I asked him a few questions,” Taylor said.
“I wish I had that knowledge up my sleeve before a few more of those series.
“He has obviously got me out a few times, as most bowlers have, but he’s a very good bowler along with Jimmy Anderson and the rest of them, with the Duke in hand they’re world-class bowlers in any conditions.
“There’s been a bit of talk about rest and rotation. We’ll see who’s playing on Wednesday morning.”
Ollie Robinson, who has played alongside Taylor at Sussex, could make his Test debut this week and spoke bullishly about “getting in New Zealand’s faces” and how he has been making meticulous plans for New Zealand’s top order.
In his sights in particular is New Zealand captain Kane Williamson, with Robinson saying he has plenty of tricks up his sleeve to make a statement against one of the best batsmen in the world.
“Kane’s an experienced campaigner and a lot of teams have tried to work him out,” added Taylor, who is optimistic a calf injury he suffered last month will not hinder him during this series.
“There’s always going to be a few plans to everybody. Some have worked and some haven’t but Kane’s got a fantastic record all over the world.
“But us as a batting group have to see what happens over the coming days. Ollie Robinson or whoever does play, we’re just going to have to be ready and waiting for that.”
Chris Jordan believes England emerged stronger from T20 World Cup heartbreak
Carlos Brathwaite launched Ben Stokes for four consecutive sixes to seal a dramatic victory against the odds.
Chris Woakes won’t let Ashes be a distraction during T20 World Cup
Woakes is one of five players named in England’s squads for both competitions.
Broad v Warner and Root v Lyon – the key Ashes clashes this winter
The match-up between the rival pace attacks also promises to shape the series.
England star Ben Stokes shares positive injury update
The England all-rounder gripped a bat properly for the first time in six months.
Joe Root credited for getting England’s strongest squad together for Ashes tour
Concerns over Australia’s Covid travel restrictions and the prospect of multiple withdrawals were real enough last week.
England’s squad for Ashes tour has a familiar look about it
Fears over players opting out due to concerns over Australia’s travel restrictions have not materialised.
Business as usual for Afghanistan in T20 World Cup says ICC
Business as usual for Afghanistan’s men’s team for the Twenty20 World Cup despite the political upheaval in the nation.
The Ashes: Matthew Wade says there are ‘challenging parts’ to Covid requirements
An ECB board meeting on Friday approved the tour Down Under ‘subject to several critical conditions being met’.
On this day in 2013: Sachin Tendulkar calls time on cricket career
The India batter remains Test cricket’s highest run scorer with 15,921 runs.
England prepare to name strong Ashes squad as withdrawal threat eases
Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer are likely to be the only high-profile absentees after the tour was provisionally given the go-ahead.