Taylor keen to take the game deep to help big hitters flourish
New Zealand will be buoyed by the return of Ross Taylor in the fourth One-Day International as they aim to keep the five-match series against England alive in Dunedin. After the win in the first game, New Zealand have now suffered two consecutive defeats, going down by six wickets and four runs.
In the third ODI in Wellington, Kane Williamson carried the innings through with a fine century on a tough pitch but lack of support from the middle order meant the team eventually fell short. While the onus is on Williamson, Taylor and Martin Guptill to help the team resurrect a solid score, the teams needs the likes of Colin Munro, Mark Chapman, Henry Nicholls and Colin de Grandhomme to contribute with the bat.
Taylor felt if the team can have wickets in hand, it’ll give the team a much better chance. “Obviously we need to get off to a good start, set the platform,” he stressed on Tuesday (March 6). “We know we’re a good side when we have wickets in hand and can utilise the death overs to our advantage.
“There is no use going out there helter-skelter and you’re four for spit and you’re playing catch-up the whole time. All the players know their roles. Hopefully, I can contribute to that, take it deep and our power players at the end can do their job.”
Taylor was forced to miss the last game after he picked up a hip flexor strain and acknowledged it was disappointing to not be part of the thrilling contest. “Anytime you miss out playing for your country, it’s disappointing. But we’re still in the series and hopefully we can level it up tomorrow,” he said. “It should be fine for tomorrow. It’s been an interesting week after the win in Hamilton, and then to have the niggle during the game. But it’s nice to be ready to play and hopefully I can make a contribution tomorrow.
“I got hit during [game one] in Hamilton, then got hit on the same spot twice at training, so I think the leg was just saying it’s had enough. Then I got hit in the leg by [England bowler] David Willey [in game two]. I just had a dead leg.”
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