Veteran New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor will replace youngster Will Young in the third ODI against Bangladesh on Friday. Ross Taylor missed the first couple of ODIs owing to a hamstring injury; Young, who made his ODI debut in the first match, had scores of 11* and 1 and will face the axe to make place for the senior batsman.
Despite the unavailability of both Ross Taylor and regular captain Kane Williamson, the hosts won both the ODI under Tom Latham. While the first victory in Dunedin was a rather comfortable win by 8 wickets, the Kiwis had to fight hard for the second and series-winning triumph in Christchurch. The action moves to Wellington for the final dead rubber – though there are World Cup Super League points up for grabs.
“It is nice to have wrapped up the series, but there are World Cup points on offer. There’s no dead rubber, it has a bit of context. As we have seen throughout the whole summer, teams coming out of quarantine have taken a couple of games to get ready. We had a bit of luck to go our way in the last game and I am sure Bangladesh will want to finish the ODI series on a high note,” Ross Taylor said on the eve of the 3rd ODI.
I’ve still got ambitions on the T20 World Cup: Ross Taylor
The 37-year-old says that he still hopes to play in the T20 World Cup later this year in India, despite being dropped from the T20I series against Australia and Bangladesh. Taylor, who is New Zealand’s all-time leading run-scorer in Tests and ODIs, has played 14 out of New Zealand’s 24 T20Is and has lost his position to new entrants such as Devon Conway and Glenn Phillips
“I think I’ve still got ambitions on the T20 World Cup,” Taylor said. “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.”
“I feel age is just a number. I am able to do a job that’s required. There’s a lot of cricket to be played in the winter. I will be around somewhere,” the right-hander asserted.