Taylor set to make NZ debut
Batsman Ross Taylor is set to make his debut for New Zealand in their one-dayer against the West Indies on Wednesday.india Updated: Feb 28, 2006 14:23 IST
Batsman Ross Taylor is set to make his debut for New Zealand in their one-day match against the West Indies on Wednesday as they attempt to extend their unbeatable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.
Skipper Stephen Fleming indicated that Taylor, 21, who has scored three centuries and averaged 67 runs an innings in domestic first class one-day matches this season, was set to play his first international in Napier.
"We can see his talents and all hope he can make the next step up. We certainly don't see why not," Fleming said Tuesday.
"Mentally there is an adjustment to make and we'll do what we can within the side. He seems a level headed sort of guy and I'm sure he make the transition."
New Zealand are not about to take a casual approach to the remaining games despite the unassailable lead, Fleming said.
New Zealand have moved up to three in the world one day rankings from seven last November and want to keep moving higher, he said.
"Of course we want to challenge for No 1. We're not in a position to do that, but we're slowly making ground with Australia and to do that you have to beat the sides that come to your country and then win away."
He added: "We've played well here at home and moving up the pecking order is good."
New Zealand lost 2-1 in a three match series with Australia in December and beat Sri Lanka 4-1 earlier this year.
Besides Taylor, Auckland pace bowler Kyle Mills could resume his international career after being out since January with a groin strain.
Mills was brought in to the squad as cover for paceman Michael Mason, New Zealand's leading series wicket taker, who has been hampered by a lower-back strain. Fast bowler Shane Bond could be rested for the match if the selectors continue their rotation policy.
West Indies allrounder Dwayne Bravo has missed the one-day series with a side-strain and team management said he is likely to remain sidelined until the first test starting on March 9.
New Zealand (from): Stephen Fleming (captain), Lou Vincent, Nathan Astle, Ross Taylor, Scott Styris, Hamish Marshall, Peter Fulton, Brendon McCullum, Daniel Vettori, Kyle Mills, Shane Bond, Michael Mason, Jeetan Patel.
West Indies (from): Shivnarine Chanderpaul (captain), Chris Gayle, Daren Ganga, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Runako Morton, Wavell Hinds, Dwayne Smith, Dwayne Bravo, Denesh Ramdin, Ian Bradshaw, Jerome Taylor, Fidel Edwards, Rawl Lewis, Deighton Butler.