A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: Ross Taylor and I never had any issues, insists Brendon McCullum

Taylor has been full of smiles since ending his exile from the national team

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum has denied having any issues with his predecessor Ross Taylor as the former skipper made his return for the ongoing England series.

McCullum was handed the reigns for all three formats when Taylor stepped down after having a heated dispute with head coach Mike Hesson and New Zealand Cricket  (NZC) over the fact that he would no longer be captain of the limited overs squads at the end of the recent Sri Lanka tour.

Taylor responded by taking time off and even missed New Zealand’s tour to South Africa, where the Black Caps were mauled by the Proteas in the Test series, but managed to recover and post an impressive 2-1 victory in the ODI series.

While Taylor’s frosty relationship with Hesson has been well documented, McCullum was once again quick to state that he and Taylor had no issues with each other.

“There’s not too much to discuss from our point of view – there was never really an issue between us,” he said. “It was obviously an uncomfortable time for Ross and other people concerned. But as far as our relationship goes, we’re fine. We’re looking forward to getting out and playing some cricket together.”

McCullum also revealed that Taylor was “happy and smiling” when he made his return and even admitted that his predecessor and Hesson were actually getting along much better after having patched up their differences.

“They seem to be working professionally together as well, and I’m sure over time everything will be healed,” McCullum said. “Within the team, it’s been dealt with really well. The inner sanctum of the group is working well together and it’s a cohesive unit so far. We’re comfortable where it sits. Everyone is fine. Ross has come back into the group, and fitted in seamlessly.”

However, McCullum is hoping that this will be the end of a long saga between Taylor and Hesson since he believes that the national team cannot continue to be distracted by these sort of issues and nor can they stand to lose one of their top players again.

“We can’t let any off-field issues have an impact,” he said. “We’re not good enough as a team to allow these sorts of distractions.”

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