Blackcaps’ seniormost team member Ross Taylor spoke to NZC about the exciting and highly anticipated tour coming up in 10 days. The Most Experienced Kiwi expressed his views on team India and the preparations by New Zealand heading towards the Final. READ MORE Aakash Chopra impressed by Michael Vaughan’s ‘simple solution’
India will be prepared but NZ got an edge
Ross Taylor acknowledged the powerful opponent they are supposed to face for the ICC Test Championship. Taylor said India is a powerful team and it will be tough but NZ will have a slight edge. NZ will take on England for the 2-match series starting June 2. Taylor believed it will be very ideal for the team to play 2 games before the Ultimate Match.
“It will be a tough test despite no stokes, archer and other IPL players”
Ross Taylor was asked if the exclusion of key players weaken the England side for the upcoming test match series. “I don’t think so. Obviously, its hard to replace them, they are quality players but at the same time, we are familiar with the Standard of County Cricket and the amount of domestic experience they possess. We are under no illusion, it is going to be a tough test.” the 37-year old said.
“The Depth England produce in all formats of the Game is Phenomenal”, he added.
Taylor’s Injury Concern
Earlier, The 37-year old last month suffered a grade one calf strain ahead of the England tour after playing six deliveries in the nets at the High-Performance Centre in Lincoln before limping away. Gary Stead, New Zealand’s coach, admitted that the injury to Taylor was a bit of a concern. “You are always worried when any injuries happen, but someone of Ross’s standing and caliber as a Test player, you always have a little bit of a concern,” he told reporters.
Taylor is absolutely fit and ready to participate in the England series starting next month.
The final between New Zealand and India will be played between June 18 and June 22 at Rose Bowl, Southampton.