8 Mar 2010

Taylor "50-50" chance of playing in third one-dayer

2:39 pm on 8 March 2010

The New Zealand cricket captain Daniel Vettori says he'll be pretty grateful if Ross Taylor can play in tomorrow's crucial third one-dayer against Australia despite a hamstring problem.

Taylor batted at training today at Hamilton's Seddon Park and Vettori rates his star batsman a 50-50 chance to play, with all-rounder James Franklin also in doubt.

The number four batsman Taylor gave a man-of-the-match performance in the opening game of the Chappell-Hadlee series in Napier, scoring 70 in New Zealand's two-wicket win.

However he pulled out of the second game in Auckland on Saturday with a hamstring injury and Franklin broke down during his bowling stint, later batting with a runner as Australia claimed a 12-run victory.

Uncapped batsman Shanan Stewart is on standby for the Black Caps and joined the squad in their training session this morning.

Vettori says Taylor was more likely than Franklin to be able to play if less than fully fit.

The Blackcaps captain also trained strongly and appears in no doubt for tomorrow's game despite a neck strain which caused him to miss the first match and almost kept him out of the Auckland clash.