A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: Ross Taylor looking towards improving relation with Mike Hesson to retain captaincy

Taylor felt dejected once the reality hit home that New Zealand were eliminated

New Zealand captain Ross Taylor has announced that he is willing to do anything to retain the captaincy of the national team after a dismal showing in the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Twenty20.

Taylor noted that improving relations with coach Mike Hesson was another crucial point on his agenda.

During the tournament, Hesson made a comment which started a media frenzy over whether Taylor would remain as New Zealand captain over all three formats of the game.

However, in defence of Hesson, Taylor stated he had done all he could to rectify his comment that was taken out of context.

Stuff.co.nz quoted Taylor as saying: “He came and knocked on my door and explained what had happened. I hadn’t read the paper by then. Our focus was on the tournament at the time. I don’t think it detracted from anything, we are working on our relationship and we are pretty happy with where things are going. Obviously we would have liked to have gone on with the tournament.”

Taylor also mentioned that the relationship between him and Hesson was key to making sure the Black Caps start having success in the future.

“Any relationship with captain and coach is important to team dynamics. Me and Hess have been getting on well. We are still learning (about) each other … how we operate … and I’m sure over the next few months we will keep improving on our relationship,” he said.

Taylor added that he was very keen to continue captaining his country since it has been a great honour to do so.

“I enjoy it. It has its moments which are not as great. Every time you lose it’s not a great feeling but I guess the pros outweigh the negatives, I’ve learnt a lot and I think I have a lot to give back to New Zealand cricket. First and foremost, my role as captain is to lead from the front and score runs. I think I’m doing that,” Taylor said.

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