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Ross Taylor eyes Martin Crowe’s record in NZ vs Bangladesh Test series

Ross Taylor, who wants to play all three formats for New Zealand, says he is disappointed after being ignored for the T20Is versus Bangladesh. Taylor will be on the cusp of equalling Martin Crowe’s New Zealand record for most Test centuries when he takes the field in the first Test against Bangladesh on Thursday

cricket Updated: Jan 10, 2017 18:48 IST
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Ross Taylor says he wants to play in all three formats for New Zealand. The right-handed batsman is on the brink of equalling Martin Crowe’s New Zealand record for most Test centuries when he plays the first Test against Bangladesh from Thursday.(AFP)

Veteran New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor has expressed disappointment at being dropped from the recently-concluded three-match T20 series against Bangladesh, which the home side went on to clean sweep.

Taylor said he likes to represent the country in all the three formats and to get the call for only ODI series was very saddening.

“I was disappointed to be out of the T20 side. I love playing all formats for my country and to get the call on Boxing Day was disappointing. You’ve got to respect the selectors’ decision. To answer it back with two 80s (in the Super Smash) was nice but at the same time it is nice to be back in Test cricket,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Taylor as saying.

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Taylor was also not allowed by the New Zealand Cricket to play in the Big Bash League (BBL) this season due to their play-travel rule.

The Australian batsman revealed that while New Zealand coach Mike Hesson was happy to let him go to Australia, NZC CEO David White did not allow him.

“Hess was all for me going but David (White) had other reasons. He didn’t want me to go with the play-travel rule, and he didn’t think it was a good idea with such a big summer ahead. I had a chat with him. He had his reasons. As it worked out I probably wouldn’t have played anyway, with the side strain (which he picked up during the Super Smash and from which he has fully recovered now). It is what it is,” he explained.

Meanwhile, Taylor goes into the first Test against Bangladesh on Thursday on the brink of equalling his late mentor Martin Crowe’s record for New Zealand centuries.

Less than a year after Crowe died of lymphoma aged 53, Taylor’s bid has become a focal point for New Zealand cricket fans.

“Even people in the supermarket come up and mention it,” Taylor said, ahead of the two-Test series opener at Wellington’s Basin Reserve.

Taylor, 32, has 16 centuries to his name while Crowe, who was a key adviser and close friend, holds the New Zealand record with 17.