New Zealand’s Ross Taylor is doubtful for the second Test against South Africa – which is scheduled to take place at the Basin Reserve in Wellington from Thursday (March 16) after he suffered a tear to his right calf muscle during the first Test.
“It’s just a small tear so it was nice to contribute in some sort of way and get a lead. Obviously still frustrated,” Taylor told Radio Sport in New Zealand.
However, the reports suggested New Zealand Cricket (NZC) board has not yet ruled out Taylor for the remainder of the South Africa series. They’re expected to make an announcement after the conclusion of the first Test.
“I wouldn’t say the confidence is that high. When I was walking out to the middle I was hoping I wouldn’t get timed out,” Taylor added.
Reports suggested Neil Broom might find a place in the team if NZC confirm Taylor’s absence.
The 33-year-old Taylor left the field before scans revealed low-grade tear in his right calf muscle.
The Wellington-born came to bat on Friday after the fall of ninth wicket and remained unbeaten on 15 off 27 balls in the first innings to further see his side taking a lead of 33 runs, after the Proteas put on 308 during their first innings.
Earlier, Taylor was retired-hurt on just eight when the latter found it difficult to scamper for a single.
So far, Taylor has played 80 Tests in which he had amassed 6,015 runs at an average of 46.99. He has smashed 16 centuries and 27 half-centuries. In eight Tests, Taylor average 25.11 against the Proteas.