Axed New Zealand captain Taylor back for England series

February 02, 2013 - 3:13:36 am

WELLINGTON: Sacked New Zealand captain Ross Taylor returned to the Black Caps’ fold yesterday when he was named in the one-day and Twenty20 squads to face the touring England side this month.

Taylor, New Zealand’s best batsman, sat out the Black Caps recent trip to South Africa after being dropped as captain in favour of Brendon McCullum in early December.

Coach Mike Hesson, a key figure in Taylor’s axing, said he was pleased to welcome the 28-year-old back to the national side.

“Ross is a world-class batsman who is a key part of the Black Caps side,” he said.

The squads contained only one new cap, Otago batsman Hamish Rutherford in the T20 line-up, with chief selector Kim Littlejohn saying he was looking for stability.

“There are a couple of changes that have been forced through injury but essentially we want to be seen to provide continuity from one series to the next,” he said.

Allrounder Andrew Ellis returns after an injury lay-off, while Grant Elliott was called in to replace Corey Anderson, who was sidelined with a fractured thumb.

New Zealand will play three ODIs and three T20s against England, with the first T20 on February 9.

ODI squad: Brendon McCullum (captain), Trent Boult, Grant Elliott, Andrew Ellis, James Franklin, Martin Guptill, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Colin Munro, Ross Taylor, BJ Watling, Kane Williamson.

Twenty20 squad: Brendon McCullum (captain), Trent Boult, Ian Butler, Grant Elliott, Andrew Ellis, James Franklin, Martin Guptill, Roneel Hira, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nathan McCullum, Colin Munro, Hamish Rutherford, Ross Taylor.

Meanwhile, Former one-day international opener Michael Di Venuto was yesterday appointed Australia’s new batting coach ahead of their tour to India, replacing Stuart Law.

The 39-year-old will quit as assistant coach for the Tasmanian Tigers and Hobart Hurricanes to take up his new role, Cricket Australia said.

Australian coach Mickey Arthur said: “We wanted a batting coach who was working within Australian cricket and who had also represented Australia as a player and Michael certainly brings those two aspects to the table,” he said. AGENCIES

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