6 Dec 2012

Decision on Taylor's future due

8:21 am on 6 December 2012

A decision on Ross Taylor's future as New Zealand cricket captain is likely to be made today.

New Zealand Cricket's chief executive David White arrived back in the country yesterday from an ICC meeting in Dubai, and his priority is to resolve the standoff between Taylor and coach Mike Hesson, after Hesson reportedly asked Taylor to stand down from the captaincy prior to the Sri Lanka series.

The squad for the upcoming tour of South Africa was due to be announced yesterday with the side leaving on Wednesday next week, but that announcement's now not likely to be made until tomorrow.

Senior players seem to be favouring Brendon McCullum as captain, with some understood to be concerned about Taylor's tactical appreciation.

But in the 16 months of his leadership of the side, Taylor's risen to eighth in the test match batting rankings, with an average of over 50.

One option could see the test and limited overs captaincy split between Taylor and McCullum, while Taylor could hold his ground and refuse to stand aside.