Taylor wished McCullum all the best during his tenure as captain
Former New Zealand skipper Ross Taylor has announced that he refused to accept a proposal from New Zealand Cricket to stay on as Test captain, while batsman and team-mate Brendon McCullum took charge of limited overs squads, since it was too confusing for him.
Taylor made himself unavailable for New Zealand’s tour of South Africa and stated that he would return to the national team when he believed the time was right.
The 28-year-old has not said how long he plans to spend away from the game, but wished McCullum all the best as captain across all three formats.
Taylor’s match-winning knocks of 142 and 74 against Sri Lanka during the second Test at Colombo helped New Zealand secure a 1-1 draw and record their first win in the country after 14 years.
Despite his outstanding efforts throughout the Sri Lanka series and averaging 49.85 with the bat during his tenure as captain, New Zealand Cricket and head coach Mike Hesson decided that it would be best if the captaincy roles were split.
In a statement released by Taylor, he noted that he had met with the cricket board and “accepted their apology for the way in which matters have been handled”.
“I was told of the decision by NZ Cricket to change the captaincy on Tuesday of this week,” Taylor said in the statement. “It was sad and disappointing from a personal perspective but it did not come as a great surprise. [Coach] Mike Hesson, [team manager] Mike Sandle and [assistant coach] Bob Carter met with me just prior to the first Test in Sri Lanka and raised concerns about my captaincy. The following day Mike Hesson said he did not want me to captain the team after the tour.
“Obviously the news and the timing was distressing but I was very focused on leading the team and putting everything I had into what was happening on the field, not off the field. It has been a very challenging and pressured time and I don’t believe I can give 100% to the game at this time. I have decided that it is best for everyone if I decline the Test captaincy offer which could be confusing in terms of leadership for the team.
“Cricket is my life and my passion. I love the game and I love playing for my country. But taking a break is the right thing for me right now. My family and friends support my decisions that I have made after very serious thought and consideration.
“However I want people to know that I am determined to contribute to the Black Caps team in the future and help whoever is in charge to win games of cricket for New Zealand. That is my passion and it will continue to be so. We all need to show leadership in our own way, at all times, regardless of who is in charge.
“Brendon McCullum has been named captain and I wish him every success.”
Taylor also thanked the New Zealand fans and added that their continuous support had been “very humbling and has meant a great deal to me”.