22 Jun 2011

Taylor confident - even in Test arena

12:15 pm on 22 June 2011

New Zealand cricket's new captain Ross Taylor says he's confident that under his leadership the Black Caps can build on the progress they made by reaching the semi-finals at the last one day World Cup, while also improving their Test record.

Taylor says he's lucky to be succeeding Daniel Vettori who's done an outstanding job, he's learned so much from him over past four years and enjoys leading the team. He's not concerned about the added responsibility affecting his batting.

Taylor took over the vice captaincy when Brendon McCullum lost the role in 2009, amid suggestions he was a bad influence on younger members of the side.

He says his average has been better when he's been acting captain, and he'll bring his own style to job, starting with a series in Zimbabwe in October.