Woodhill revealed that Taylor has continued to be treated badly since New Zealand’s tour of the West Indies last year
Former New Zealand assistant coach Trent Woodhill has announced that he used to be “really frustrated with the way Ross Taylor was being treated” during his time with the national team.
Woodhill lashed out at the current team management for their “unfathomable” treatment of the ex-skipper, which saw Taylor take a leave of absence and miss New Zealand’s tour of South Africa, where they are absolutely demolished in the Test series before bouncing back to win the ODI series 2-1.
However, Woodhill recalls how the New Zealand team management had been treating Taylor badly since the team’s tour of the West Indies last year and admits that he was not surprised the former captain became involved in a dispute with head coach Mike Hesson and New Zealand Cricket (NZC).
“During the West Indies tour I was really frustrated with the way Ross Taylor was being treated, not by anyone other than the manager and a few of the senior players who weren’t giving him the support that he needed,” Woodhill told Sydney Morning Herald. “I don’t think it was ever about Ross and Brendon. It was always about management. To me, Brendon should want to captain his country and I was all for a split captaincy, but it’s just the way it was done [that was the problem].
“After the World Twenty20 I closed the book on New Zealand, but the way Ross was treated and is being treated I just feel bitter towards their treating [of] one of the best human beings I’ve ever met. Ross Taylor is literally the nicest guy you could ever meet and the most respectful and down to earth, and the way they treated him [was unfathomable].”
After resigning as captain, Taylor revealed that he had “never” received any support from Hesson since he became head coach and was “surprised” by the timing of NZC and Hesson’s decision to inform him about the split captaincy.
While Woodhill has a lot of coaching experience, he stated that he was not promoted to the position of head coach ahead of Hesson due to the fact that he was a “foreigner”.
“The New Zealanders didn’t want a foreigner,” Woodhill said. “They had issues with [former Australian coach and director of cricket] John Buchanan – he was ostracised, and still is – and the manager, players’ association rep and new CEO [David White] all just wanted a Kiwi in there.”