Taylor claims he was constantly disrespected by Hesson
Former New Zealand captain Ross Taylor has revealed that he always felt like an outcast around head coach Mike Hesson since he was “never supported” and constantly told that he was not “good enough as captain” or “good enough for this team”.
Taylor was informed by New Zealand Cricket that batsman Brendon McCullum would become the new limited overs captain at the end of the Sri Lanka series, but instead of retaining his position as skipper of the Test side, Taylor decided to step down and leave his team-mate with the responsibility of handling all three teams.
Taylor added he decided to give up the captaincy all together since it felt as if Hesson and the members of the board did not want him to be captain at all.
“They told me I wasn’t good enough as a captain, wasn’t good enough for this team,” Taylor told the Weekend Herald. “To hear I wasn’t good enough was disappointing. It was interesting … I was offered the Test captaincy a couple of weeks [after the Sri Lanka meeting], when it was clear to me from conversations, they didn’t want me at all.”
However, Taylor admitted that he was unsurprised at the way things had played out between him and Hesson since he replaced John Wright as the new head coach in July.
“It wasn’t huge shock,” Taylor said. “Hesson never supported me through the whole time I’d been captain, but I was surprised by the timing.”
During his tenure as captain, Taylor managed to lead New Zealand to victory in four out of 13 Test matches, two of which came against Australia and Sri Lanka, while in the limited overs format, Taylor could only manage to win two out of eight ODIs and four out of nine Twenty20 Internationals.
Taylor conceded that he still had a lot to learn as captain, but added that he had been developing into an excellent player and skipper under the wing of Wright.
“I know I had areas to work on,” Taylor said. “I was far from the finished product, but I lacked a lot of support from the management in a lot of areas, which was disappointing. Under Wrighty I was learning a lot; under Hesson, the relationship was pretty poor. I didn’t think he supported me in that role.”
The former captain offered his best wishes to McCullum and noted that he would only return to the national team when he thought the time was right.
“It’s still fresh and raw,” Taylor said. “It’s been a pretty difficult five months for me. It’s a chance to get away from it, spend some time with the family. I don’t believe I can give 100% to the game at this time. 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.”