Image courtesy of: ESPNcricinfo
New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor has announced that he might not play in the first Test against Pakistan since he is still recovering from a right calf strain.
Taylor suffered the injury on September 23 and was subsequently forced to miss the recently concluded ODI series against South Africa, which the New Zealand lost 0-2.
”I feel okay but on Tuesday I was running at 75-80%. It’s a little bit strange travelling on a tour when you’re not 100% and hoping to get the other 20% when you’re away,” Taylor told Dominion Post. ”I’ve been able to bat over the last two weeks and felt it a couple of times but nothing major. It’s probably going to be a push to play that warm-up game [on Monday], and see how they [medical staff] think it’s going and whether it’s good enough to play that first Test.”
Taylor also admitted that his preparation for the tour of the United Arab Emirates, where conditions are very different to New Zealand, has not been ideal.
”I haven’t hit as many balls as I would like,” Taylor said. ”Over the next little while I’m trying to cram it in. I haven’t faced a lot of spin lately; there’s not too many spinners going around in New Zealand in the nets. I guess experience and the mental side of the game will come into it a bit more. It’s a tough tour and it’s probably not ideal preparation for me; I only watched the last day of the Test [Pakistan v Australia] and it was spinning sideways.”