Taylor eyes Crowe's record

 10 Jan 2017 - 20:01


Wellington: Ross Taylor goes into the first Test against Bangladesh tomorrow on the brink of equalling his late mentor Martin Crowe's record for New Zealand centuries.
Less than a year after Crowe died of lymphoma aged 53, Taylor's bid, in his return following eye surgery in late November, has become a focal point for New Zealand cricket fans.
"Even people in the supermarket come up and mention it," Taylor said, ahead of the two-Test series opener at Wellington's Basin Reserve.
Taylor, 32, has 16 centuries to his name while Crowe, who was a key adviser and close friend, holds the New Zealand record with 17.
Meanwhile, Taylor said New Zealand cannot afford any complacency against Bangladesh, despite the tourists' lack of match play on green wickets.
"Over the last few years they haven't played a lot of Test cricket away from home so it's going to be difficult on that wicket," he said.
"We can't take them lightly and I'm sure their fast bowlers will be licking their lips. When there is a bit of green grass it brings the teams a bit closer together," he added.