Ross Taylor disappointed by T20 Axing

New Zealand veteran Ross Taylor has expressed disappointment after he was left of the T20 matches against Bangladesh at the start of the year.

New Zealand tried Corey Anderson and Tom Bruce at No. 4, Taylor’s usual batting position, where both batters were among the runs.

“I was disappointed to be out of the T20 side,” Taylor said. “I love playing all formats for my country and to get the call on Boxing Day was disappointing. You’ve got to respect the selectors’ decision. To answer it back with two 80s [in the Super Smash] was nice but at the same time it is nice to be back in Test cricket.”

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Also, New Zealand cricket board didn’t allow Taylor to participate in Big Bash League this season due to their play-travel rule. Taylor said that while Black Caps coach Mike Hesson was happy to let him go to play Big Bash, the board CEO David White did not agree with the decision.

“It would have been nice to play in front of 70-odd thousand in the Melbourne derby but New Zealand Cricket have got their protocols on play-travel and you’ve got to respect that.

“Hess was all for me going but David [White] had other reasons,” Ross Taylor said. “He didn’t want me to go with the play-travel rule, and he didn’t think it was a good idea with such a big summer ahead. I had a chat with him. He had his reasons. As it worked out I probably wouldn’t have played anyway, with the side strain [which he picked up during the Super Smash and from which he has fully recovered now]. It is what it is.”

Taylor, 32, now wants to forget about what happened in the past and focus more on his first international match against Bangladesh since undergoing eye surgery.

“I think my peripheral vision feels a little better,” he said. “I went around to my manager’s house and asked her if she bought a new fridge. She looked at me pretty strangely and said it has been around for the last 4-5 years. I don’t know if it is a good or a bad thing.

“At the moment I’m just enjoying being back in the Test team and can hopefully score some runs and give a bit back to the youngsters and help Kane [Williamson] out along the way.”

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