A change in venue, a change in format and a change in opposition will hopefully result in New Zealand returning to winning ways, according to senior batsman Ross Taylor. New Zealand were thrashed 3-0 in the Test series in Australia recently but are now back in home soil to prepare for a full series against India.
And even though they struggled in Test Cricket, the immediate focus should be on white-ball cricket, feels Taylor with the series set to kick off on Friday (January 24) with T20Is. India will play five T20Is in total, followed by three ODIs and two more Tests to conclude the tour. “We had a quick debrief afterwards,” Taylor said about the loss in Australia. “But we’ve still got a few more weeks before the Test-match series and a lot of injuries that will hopefully heal in time.
“It didn’t go as well as we would have liked, we were completely outplayed in all facets of the game throughout the whole series, but now we’re back on home soil and India will be a totally different opposition. They’re the No. 1 team in the world, but we’re obviously in conditions that we know, so let’s get through the white-ball phase first before we get on to talking about that (Tests).”
Taylor admitted that New Zealand will have to make improvements in order to compete in the T20 World Cup later this year in Australia. After the conclusion of the India series, New Zealand will return to Australia to play three ODIs and adjusting to their conditions will be key in order to fetch success, according to the 35-year-old. “It will be different conditions in Australia but getting those combinations, trying a few different guys out, obviously a few injuries as well which changes the dynamic of the side, but it tests the depth out and gives guys opportunities which bodes well for competition for spots,” he noted.
“It’s the first time a T20 World Cup is there and you watch the Big Bash, there are big boundaries so you are going to have to skin the cat differently than how you play in New Zealand and other parts of the world.”
Taylor is the only player from the current New Zealand set-up to have played the inaugural T20 World Cup back in 2007 in South Africa. With the format growing from strength to strength, he is still hopeful of Test Cricket and ODI cricket don’t fall behind. “Not a lot of people knew what to expect in the first World Cup in South Africa in 07, but it’s grown a lot,” he observed. “Obviously the IPL came along not so long after.
“Quite often you used to play one, maybe two games, now we’ve got a five-match series. The game’s evolved and the shots that the men and the women are playing make it exciting for people to come along and watch. There’s been a lot of talk in recent times about (the future) of Test cricket and one-day cricket and Twenty20. Hopefully there’s room for all three, and Twenty20 for the next five matches anyway will be exciting and the New Zealand public will be looking forward to a good series.”
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