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Heat grows between Taylor and NZ Cricket
06:14 AEST Tue Dec 11 2012

Axed captain Ross Taylor has accused New Zealand Cricket of misrepresenting the reasons for his dismissal, adding more aggravation to a row overshadowing New Zealand's preparation for its tour of South Africa.

Conflicting accounts have been given to the media by Taylor, national coach Mike Hesson and New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White.

Taylor said in a radio interview on Monday that Hesson and NZC's versions are untrue.

White and Hesson say Taylor was asked to remain as Test captain but relinquish the captaincy of the New Zealand one-day and Twenty20 teams to Brendon McCullum.

Taylor disputes that claim.

Asked on Monday whether someone at New Zealand Cricket was lying about the offer of the Test captaincy, Taylor replied on radio "definitely".

The parties only agree that Taylor learned that he was to be stripped of the captaincy four days before last month's second Test against Sri Lanka.

The 28-year-old says the past month has been stressful since being told of his pending demotion by Hesson, days out from the first Test in Sri Lanka.

He says he has struggled to sleep since but is now coming to terms with his decision to pull out of the tour and confirmed he is targeting a return for the home series against England in February/March.

"I'm cooling down ... and hopefully over the next few weeks I can continue to recover in a lot of areas," he told LiveSport radio.

"Hopefully I'll be ready for that England series, all going well. But it will be a tough transition back into the team."

Central Districts coach Alan Hunt has left the door open for Taylor to return when he is mentally ready.

They have a heavy domestic schedule after Christmas, including up to 10 domestic Twenty20 games followed by two first class matches in late January.

Taylor says Hesson made it clear he had lost confidence in his leadership and he would be dismissed as captain in all forms of the game once the second Test had been played. His place would be taken by Brendon McCullum, a long-time friend of Hesson's.

Despite Hesson and White insisting that Taylor was asked to remain as Test captain, Taylor claims the offer of retaining the Test role was only made after New Zealand won the second Test, squaring the series and breaking a run of five test losses under his leadership.


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