New Zealand’s ace batsman Ross Taylor is set to miss the first one-day international against Bangladesh due to an injury he suffered during a Plunkett Shield game. The first ODI of the three-match series will be played on March 20th in Dunedin.
Taylor is one of the most capped New Zealand played in ODI cricket with 232 games under his kitty. He has 8574 runs with 21 centuries and 51 half-centuries at an average of 48.44 and the best score of 181*. He has hit 146 sixes and 711 fours in his career thus far and is the only player in international cricket to appear in more than 100 Tests, 100 ODIs, and 100 T20Is.
Mark Chapman Called In As Cover For Ross Taylor By New Zealand
New Zealand coach Gary Stead confirmed the news of Taylor’s injury and him missing the first ODI against Bangladesh, and also showed hope that the right-hander recovers in time for the last two one-day matches.
He also said that Ross Taylor’s cover in the New Zealand team for the first ODI, Mark Chapman will be able to do a good job for the Black Caps, if he gets a chance to play.
“It’s a shame for Ross to have this happen on the eve of a series. t’s a small tear, and we’re hopeful after some rest and rehabilitation, we can get him fit for the second game in Christchurch. It’s an exciting time for Mark, who’s come in and performed well recently for the T20 side, so we have full confidence he can do the job if called upon,” the coach said while providing an update on the 36-year-old’s situation.
The three-match ODI series is also part of the World Cup Super League. Bangladesh’s task will be cut out as they are yet to win an away ODI against New Zealand.
Ross Taylor has an impressive record against Bangladesh in ODI cricket. In 23 innings, the 36-year-old has scored 1003 runs at an average of 59. The right-handed batsman has two hundreds and eight fifties to his name against Bangla Tigers.
New Zealand’s ODI squad against Bangladesh:
Trent Boult, Devon Conway, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Kyle Jamieson, Tom Latham (c & wk), Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Will Young, Mark Chapman
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