New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor is a doubtful starter for the first Test against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi on November 9. Taylor also missed the ODI series against South Africa due to calf-injury, which New Zealand lost 0-2.
During an interview with Dominion Post, Taylor said:
“I feel okay but on Tuesday I was running at 75-80%. It’s a little bit strange travelling on a tour and when you’re not 100% and hoping to get the other 20% when you’re away. I’ve been able to bat over the last two weeks and felt it a couple of times but nothing major. It’s probably going to be a push to play that warm-up game and see how they think it’s going and whether it’s good enough to play that first Test.”
New Zealand have left for UAE and they begin their tour with a three-day game against Pakistan A in Sharjah from November 3. If Taylor and Williamson, who is also injured, doesn’t get fit in time for the series, I think New Zealand will struggle a lot in the spinning conditions at UAE. They literally missed both of them in the series against South Africa and if the same happens at UAE, I don’t see New Zealand winning even a single match on the tour.