WELLINGTON: New Zealand bowling coach Shane Bond believed his boss “sabotaged” former captain Ross Taylor and was dishonest about his role in the sacking, reports said yesterday.
Head coach Mike Hesson axed Taylor in favour of Brendon McCullum last December, sparking an outcry in New Zealand cricketing circles that eventually led to officials publicly apologising for the ex-skipper’s treatment.
At the time, Hesson insisted he had offered Taylor a compromise option of retaining the limited overs captaincy, a version of events disputed by the player, who sat out the Black Caps’ tour of South Africa in protest.
In a leaked letter to New Zealand Cricket (NZC) published by the Radio Sport network yesterday, bowling coach Bond said his boss Hesson had made no compromise offer to Taylor and never had any intention of splitting the Test and limited overs captaincy.
“I believe the coach has been dishonest in his assertion around the miscommunication of the captaincy split with Ross... it was clear to me that Ross Taylor was to be removed as captain from all three formats,” said the letter.
Meanwhile, Gary Kirsten wants to overcome the challenge of South Africa in the ODI series, when they host New Zealand today.
“We would like to perform at a higher level than we have in one-day cricket,” Kirsten said as he looked ahead to a three-match series against New Zealand, starting in Paarl today.
“We’ve been okay but we haven’t been outstanding.”
Being “okay” is not good enough for Kirsten.
“We believe that we are capable of being a unit that can really perform at one-day level,” he said, ahead of today’s ODI match.