Taylor makes it back to New Zealand team
Ross Taylor had opted out of the New Zealand team after an issue with the coach.
McCullum will lead New Zealand on their tour of England
Ross Taylor will return to the international cricket in the Twenty20 series between New Zealand and England. The right-hand batsman will don the black jersey again for both the Twenty20 and the following ODI series against England.
After his removal from the captaincy right after New Zealand’s Sri Lanka tour, Taylor decided to take a self-imposed break from the international cricket. However, he came back to cricket by taking part in the Plunket Shield. The selectors included him in the New Zealand XI for the two warm-up matches against England.
Another notable move was the inclusion of the 23-year-old Hamish Rutherford, the son of former captain Ken Rutherford.
Hamish has been considered for the Tweny20 squad, which would be the maiden international call-up for the player. He has played for Otago this season and showed consistent performance.
After missing the South Africa tour because of injury, all-rounder Andrew Ellis has been recalled for both the T20 and ODI squads. Pacer Ian Butler also made a comeback. He played his last match for New Zealand in December 2010.
The New Zealand coach, Mike Hesson, said that Andrew showed what he could do for the team last summer while explosive Hamish could be an asset for the Blackcaps. He praised Taylor as a world-class batsman and described him to be a key part to the team’s plan.
Both Tim Southee and Corey Anderson remained sidelined due to their injury problems. Southee has a thumb injury while Anderson has been suffering from a broken thumb. However, Marti Guptill retained his place in the ODI side despite showing a poor form in the South Africa tour.
The general manager of national selection Kim Littlejohn said that they had been forced to make a couple of changes because of some injury problems. He also emphasized on their focus of nurturing young talents and building a team for the Champions Trophy as well as the World Cup 2015.
The Tweny20 series will be started from February 9.