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New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor has revealed that the national team are still mourning the death of Australian batsman Phillip Hughes.
Taylor’s comments come after New Zealand head coach Mike Hesson stated that captain Brendon McCullum was hardest hit by Hughes’ death.
Hughes passed away at the age of 25 when he was struck on the side of the neck by a bouncer from New South Wales pace bowler Sean Abbott.
“I think in terms from yesterday to today it is a little bit better I must admit,” Taylor said. “But I still think we would be, we are still away from where we probably want to get to in the enjoyment factor of cricket again. Brendon and the whole team were just trying to play cricket for what it is.”
While New Zealand are still grieving over the loss of Hughes, Taylor pointed out that McCullum and Kane Williamson batted extremely well yesterday. McCullum made the fourth-fastest double century in Test history, while Williamson scored a career-best 192. However, both batsmen were very solemn when it came to celebrating due to the tragic circumstances.
“If you had told us without the other circumstances we would be very ecstatic and very happy with the day,” Taylor said. “Brendon and Kane batted outstandingly well. We would like to celebrate it in better circumstances. But I am sure where we are at as a team we would take it day by day. I am sure at the end of the Test match we might be able to reflect back on it and maybe celebrate it little bit more than we are currently.”
Taylor also admitted that he was not his usual self when he scored a half-century yesterday.
“When I batted with Kane, normally I talk a lot. Today we didn’t say much and I think a lot of the times that we did talk, it was more token than anything,” he said. “It was once again a very strange feeling and something I have never felt before in my Test career. Hopefully I don’t ever again.”