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Though the hosts Australia thrashed New Zealand in the recent Test series, the senior New Zealand cricketer Ross Taylor is confident enough to face the in-form Indian team at home.
Recently, New Zealand and Australia involved in the three-match Test series (Trans-Tasman Trophy) in Australia. The visitors faced the rage of the in-form Australian side and failed even to provide any competition. Starting that series with the day/night Test at Perth, New Zealand suffered the series trailing defeat by 296 runs. They played the next two Tests of that series at Melbourne and Sydney where New Zealand lost by 247 and 279 runs respectively.
While Australia always built up their first innings total of 400+ runs, New Zealand’s totals in that entire series were 166, 171, 148, 240, 256 and 136 respectively.
Ross Taylor, who became the most Test run-scorer for New Zealand during that Test series, admitted that they were outplayed in that away Test series. But he is confident about the national team as he has claimed that they are very different at home. Despite facing the in-form Indian team, he believes that the New Zealand team is ready to play fearless cricket in the upcoming home series.
Taylor said according to stuff.co.nz, “We were completely outplayed in all facets of the game throughout the whole series, but now we’re back on home soil and India will be a totally different opposition. They’re the No 1 team in the world, but we’re obviously in conditions that we know, so let’s get through the white-ball phase first before we get on to talking about that.”
Ross Taylor talked about T20 cricket evolution
New Zealand and India will play five-match T20I series, three-match ODI series and two-match Test series from 24th January to 4th March 2020.
Forthcoming India tour of New Zealand will begin with the T20I series. While it is the year of ICC T20 World Cup, the shortest format is in a very crucial period at this moment. Meanwhile, Ross Taylor has talked about the evolution of this format.
He added, “Not a lot of people knew what to expect in the first World Cup in South Africa in 07, but it’s grown a lot. Obviously the IPL came along not so long after.
“Quite often you used to play one, maybe two games, now we’ve got a five-match series. The game’s evolved and the shots that the men and the women are playing make it exciting for people to come along and watch.”
Ross Taylor is hopeful about all formats of international cricket. Speaking about the upcoming five-match home T20I series against India, Taylor is expecting a thrilling series.
He said, “There’s been a lot of talk in recent times about [the future] of Test cricket and one-day cricket and Twenty20. Hopefully there’s room for all three and Twenty20 for the next five matches anyway will be exciting and the New Zealand public will be looking forward to a good series.”
Australia will host the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 from 18th October to 15th November. A total of 16 teams will participate in this competition.