New Zealand’s veteran batsman Ross Taylor has said that he was still hopeful of making it into the squad for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup 2021 to be played in India in October-November. The right-hander has not been a regular member of the Black Caps’ plans in the 20-over format.
He has missed the last two T20I series featuring New Zealand but still believes there is still enough time to return with the side set to play a lot of matches leading up to the ICC event in India.
I Think There’s Still A Lot To Go: Ross Taylor
Ross Taylor was speaking ahead of the third ODI between New Zealand and Bangladesh. Taylor, who is the only cricketer to play 100 Tests, 100 ODIs, and 100 T20Is in international cricket, didn’t play in the first two ODIs due to a hamstring niggle, but was declared fit after passing the fitness test.
“I think I’ve still got ambitions on the T20 World Cup. I think there’s still a lot to go. The selectors have wanted to give these guys the opportunity which is fair enough. This is a good format, especially in New Zealand, for getting these guys into international cricket, if they are not going to play a lot of ODI and Test cricket. T20 is the logical way of bringing them into the side,” Taylor was quoted as say.
In the past two years, Taylor has played 14 T20Is out of New Zealand’s 24. He made 166 runs with two fifties against India last year, but since then Glenn Philips and Devon Conway have been chosen above him.
Taylor said that he was surprised to be dropped from the New Zealand team for the T20I series against Australia, and now Bangladesh. And then got to play just four balls in the T20I series against the West Indies in November last year.
New Zealand will still have more T20I series to go, as, after Bangladesh at home, they are likely to play against Pakistan and Bangladesh again during their winter, ahead of the T20 World Cup.