Taylor’s time as captain looks to be coming to an end
New Zealand captain Ross Taylor’s leadership abilities is set to be thoroughly examined after the national team returned home from their two-Test series against Sri Lanka, which ended as a 1-1 draw.
Taylor’s poor form over the past couple of months has been a major concern for many New Zealand Cricket (NZC) officials and NZC chairman Chris Moller has confirmed that the board will be looking into whether Taylor is fit enough to lead the national team any more.
“The board will be having a meeting with (coach) Mike Hesson,” Stuff.co.nz quoted Moller as saying. “We’ll be covering a whole range of matters, including the captaincy, and will make some decisions from there.”
Moller refused to state what he expected the outcome on Taylor’s future to be, but insisted that no stone would be left unturned.
“David White [CEO], John Buchanan [director of cricket] and Mike will do a full review of the tour; the board will cover that off and we’ll make decisions from there,” Moller added.
Taylor’s captaincy woes have been in the media spotlight over the past couple of months as well and cricket pundits have already highlighted that his major problems seem to be centred around communication and his frosty relationship with team-mates.
However, a majority of the cricket pundits believe Taylor will continue to lead the national team at least until the end of the tour to South Africa this month or during the home series against England in February, which would give NZC some time to find a suitable replacement if they choose to replace Taylor.