June 28, 2017

Ross Taylor named NZ cricket captain

Ross Taylor - the new New Zealand cricket captain. Any win will do Ross.

Ross Taylor was today named as the new captain of the New Zealand Black Caps cricket team.

New Zealand Cricket made the announcement about former captain Daniel Vettori’s replacement at a press conference in Auckland this afternoon.

Taylor will captain the side in all forms of the game – Test Matches, one-day internationals and Twenty20.

The 27-year-old was chosen ahead of wicketkeeper/Batsman Brendon McCullum for the role, after both presented their cases over the last few days.

Vettori stepped down from the role after New Zealand were knocked out of the Cricket World Cup in March.

The New Zealand Cricket Board fully endorsed the recommendation of NZC Director of Cricket John Buchannan, Black Caps coach John Wright and Acting National Selection Manager Mark Greatbatch.

New Zealand Cricket CEO Justin Vaughan said Ross Taylor has the characteristics required to be a successful leader.

“Ross has been an impressive deputy to Dan Vettori since taking over the vice-captaincy and shown to be a very capable leader when he has had the opportunity.”

“We are delighted by Ross’s appointment and believe he will proudly lead the Black Caps in what promises to be an exciting time for the team.”

Taylor captained the Black Caps in a one dayer for the first time last year when Vettori was injured, a two-wicket victory over Australia, and took charge of the Twenty20 team during Pakistan’s tour of New Zealand last summer.

He also led the Black Caps twice at this year’s World Cup in a victory over Canada and a loss to Sri Lanka.

The middle-order batsman has played in 30 tests for New Zealand, averaging 41.12 and scoring five centuries. He has also played 107 ODIs since his debut in 2006, averaging 36.80 with four tons and 20 half-centuries.

Taylor said he was humbled to be named Black Caps captain.

“I’ve learnt a great deal about leadership having played under Dan Vettori and feel ready to take on what is one of the highest honours in New Zealand sport.”

“I’m looking forward to the challenge and appreciate the level of responsibility that comes with captaining your country.”

Newswarped wishes Ross Taylor all the best and hopes that he can turn the Black Caps into a unified team who playes for each other.