I Was Disappointed Over Twenty20 Omission And Big Bash Block, Says Ross Taylor
New Zealand middle-order batsman Ross Taylor seemed “disappointed” with New Zealand Cricket Board selectors as he was overlooked for Twenty20 series against Bangladesh after undergoing successful eye surgery in December.
“I was disappointed to be out of the T20 side. I love playing all formats for my country and to get the call on Boxing Day was disappointing. You’ve got to respect the selectors’ decision. To answer it back with two 80s was nice,” Taylor said.
Taylor was ruled out of the Chappell-Hadlee Test Series against Australia after undergoing eye surgery to remove Pterygium growth from his left eye.
“It’s a funny one, my last innings [against Pakistan at Hamilton] was a hundred, then I had the operation. To get an ’80’ and contribute to a win was satisfying,” he said.
Taylor has returned to play for Central Stags to score unbeaten 82 off 41 balls followed by 80 on 50 balls against Canterbury in New Plymouth.
“I’m confident in it. It’s getting better each week and it will continue to get better the next couple of months. At the moment I’m just enjoying being back in the test team and can hopefully score some runs and give a bit back to the youngsters and help Kane out along the way,” Taylor added.
However, the 32-year-old Taylor stated he has got all respect for the selectors before discussing the blocking his path into the Big Bash League (BBL) in Australia.
“When I missed out Gav [Larsen, national selector] gave me a call and I had a chat with Hess. They gave their reasons. It would have been nice to play in front of 70-odd thousand in the Melbourne derby but New Zealand Cricket have got their protocols on play travel and you’ve got to respect that,” he said.
Before joining the New Zealand squad for the first Test in Wellington, Taylor has sought an explanation about his omission with Kiwis’ coach Mike Hesson and New Zealand Cricket Board Chief David White.
“In the BBL, Hess was all for me going but David [White] had other reasons. He didn’t want me to go with the play-travel rule, and he didn’t think it was a good idea with such a big summer ahead,” he added.
Taylor was denied to visit Australia to follow the play-travel-play rule which is being stated as the master agreement between the NZC and its players association.
“I had a chat with him. He had his reasons. As it worked out I probably wouldn’t have played anyway with the side strain. It is what it is,” Taylor revealed.
This week Colin Munro was signed by Sydney Sixers to replace England’s Sam Billings, before his teammate Ish Sodhi was picked by Adelaide Strikers to replace injured Chris Jordan.
Taylor has also confirmed that he would make himself available for the Indian Premier League auction next month, before showing interest in playing for English County Sussex in T20s.
“I’ve got to get the NOC first,” he Taylor said.
In 78 Tests, Tayor has scored 5,838 runs which included 16 centuries. He is excited to come back at his favourite ground Basin Reserve. His late mentor Martin Crowe has hit 17 Test centuries in 77 Tests.
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