New Zealand coach Mike Hesson has said it’ll be tough for Ross Taylor to get back into the Twenty20 fold as Colin Munro, Tom Bruce and Corey Anderson had an impressive run in the three-match T20I series against Bangladesh earlier this year.
“We played incredibly well against Bangladesh and, from a batting point of view, performed well. It is a tough side to get in. We don’t play a lot of T20 cricket either, they are few and far between the opportunities,” Hesson was quoted as saying by Stuff.co.nz.
Taylor has been omitted from the squad for the one-off Twenty20 international match against South Africa after the in-form Munro (101), Anderson (94) and Bruce (59) cemented their place by scoring substantial runs against Bangladesh in the T20I series.
“First and foremost there needs to be a position available. Munro, Anderson and Bruce have done incredibly well through the middle order. It’s very difficult for Ross because he is not going to get many T20 opportunities,” Hesson said.
Hesson stressed it’s not the right time to accommodate Taylor in the squad as everyone has chipped in with some good results for the side.
“We are No. 1 in the world in T20, we have a lot of very good T20 cricketers,” Hesson said.
However, Hesson, who has good terms with Taylor, acknowledged his contribution for the national side since making his international debut in March 2006.
“We know Ross is a quality player and we know he is keen to play T20 but at the moment we have got a side performing pretty well,” Hesson said on Taylor.
The Wellington-born Taylor has been a consistent performer in Tests and ODI cricket for the Black Caps.
“Following the Bangladesh selection Gavin Larsen and I talked to him at length. There’s certainly been some communication. We communicate every day. Like every player they want to know how to get back in. That’s quite natural,” Hesson concluded.
Earlier, Taylor, who underwent an eye surgery, was unhappy with the NZC board selectors before asking them for an explanation on axing him from the T20I squad.
The right-handed Taylor has featured in 73 Twenty20 Internationals, in which he has amassed 1,256 runs at an average of 24.15.
The One-Off T20 game between the Proteas and hosts will be played on February 17 in Auckland.