14 Feb 2017

Black Caps coach defends Taylor non-selection

5:21 pm on 14 February 2017

The Black Caps coach Mike Hesson says there's no animosity between himself and former Black Caps skipper Ross Taylor.

Ross Taylor batting briefly in the T20 series sealer vs Pakistan

Ross Taylor playing a T20 international against Pakistan. Photo: Photosport

Taylor told Radio Sport this morning he wasn't given an explanation as to why he's been left out of the Twenty20 international against South Africa this Friday in Auckland despite his return to good form following eye surgery late last year.

The 32-year-old was also left out of the Black Caps T20 side that recently played Bangladesh, the selectors instead opted for Colin Munro, Tom Bruce and Corey Anderson to fill the middle order.

He recently brought up his 16th ODI century against Australia at Seddon Park in the final Chappell-Hadlee match and appeared to be pushing for a recall to the T20 side.

Taylor has had a rocky history with Black Caps coach Mike Hesson after he was dropped as captain in place of Brendon McCullum back in 2012 but Hesson dismissed claims there was any animosity between the two.

"I work with Ross everyday all year round and have done for a number of years.

"Just like every player we never agree on everything but we have a very good working relationship."

Black Caps coach Mike Hesson, Sunday 17 January 2016. Copyright Photo: Bruce Lim / www.photosport.nz

Black Caps coach Mike Hesson Photo: Photosport

Taylor was selected for today's T20 warm up match between South Africa and New Zealand A but it was called off due to bad weather at Eden Park's outer oval.

Hesson said Taylor can work his way back into the Black Caps T20 team but admitted it would be a tough task.

"Like any side there needs to be a position available, Murno's at three, Corey Anderson and Tom Bruce have done incredibly well through the middle order.

"It's very difficult for Ross because he's not going to get many T20 opportunities so I understand there's a catch 22 just like there is with players that are involved in One Day cricket and want to play and they're away when the One Dayers are on so we have those issues all the time," Hesson said.