New Zealand’s most seasoned campaigner Ross Taylor has revealed that the One-Day International series loss has come at the right time for his team as now the team knows that they still have few areas to address before the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup in England and Wales.
The Black Caps were outclassed by the Men in Blue in the recently concluded ODI series. India achieved its biggest ODI series win in New Zealand.
Speaking to Hindustan Times about the ODI series loss, Taylor shared, “A better team beat us. When you are completely outplayed, there are positives but it came at the right time because now we know we have a few areas to address before the World Cup. Doing better against a team like India might be papered over it and now we feel if we can improve, we can be really competitive in England.”
The 34-year-old cricketer also shared that playing some county cricket in England will help him in doing better than ever.
“It is definitely an advantage but you still have to play well. It was in my mind when I went to play county cricket, not just at Nottingham, but a lot of other grounds where we will be playing in the World Cup. There are a lot of little differences at English ground and it gives you a bit of advantage having played there.”
A few weeks back Taylor revealed that this might be his last World Cup as he now wants to make Test cricket his priority and wishes to play 100 Test matches for his country.
“Test cricket is still high on my priorities. I would like to play 100 Tests. The Black Caps haven’t played a Boxing Day Test in Australia since the 1980s, so there are quite a few things I would like to hang around for. At the same time, you do not want to do just that and want to be playing an active role in the team. I still have a desire to go on, so no date or time-frame yet.”
The right-handed batsman concluded by saying that he doesn’t have any plans of leaving Test cricket to play Twenty20 Leagues all across the globe.
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