21 Mar 2017

Ross Taylor heads into coaching

6:32 am on 21 March 2017

The New Zealand batsmen Ross Taylor will join the Papua New Guinea cricket squad as a consultant coach on their tour of the United Arab Emirates.

Ross Taylor salutes after scoring 50.

Ross Taylor salutes after scoring 50. Photo: Photosport

The 33 year old Taylor has played 81 tests and 183 one day internationals for the Black Caps.

He suffered a calf tear in the recent first test against South Africa and will join the Barramundis at the end of that series for one week, as part of a joint project between the ICC East Asia Pacific, New Zealand Cricket and the New Zealand Cricket Players Association.

Cricket PNG's Chief Executive Officer Greg Campbell said they were excited to have Taylor as part of the coaching group, headed by former New Zealand international and current Barramundis head coach, Dipak Patel.

"We are very privileged to get Ross on board and I am sure that the coaching staff and players who are currently in the UAE are looking forward to working with Ross," said Campbell."

The Barramundis flew into Dubai at the weekend,where they will play three warm-up matches against English county sides before taking on hosts, UAE in three One Day Internationals, an Inter-Continental Cup four-day match and three Twenty20 Internationals.

Taylor will play for English County side Sussex in the English T20 competition this year.