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Taylor meets with NZ coach Hesson
Daniel Gilhooly
15:37 AEST Tue Jan 29 2013

New Zealand cricket coach Mike Hesson and former captain Ross Taylor have had their first face to face meeting since Taylor was controversially ousted as skipper last month.

Far from the media and public glare that has followed the captaincy saga for the last two months, the pair had a meeting which New Zealand Cricket (NZC) has described as "positive".

Hesson deliberately stayed in Auckland to meet Taylor, a day after arriving home from the Black Caps' tour of South Africa, according to a New Zealand Cricket spokeswoman.

"Mike flew in from South Africa and stayed up here so he could catch up with Ross," she said.

Details about the venue and length of the meeting weren't available.

Hesson later briefed manager Mike Sandle about the meeting.

"Mike Sandle said it was a really positive meeting. It's all good for Ross to go ahead and play for the New Zealand XI in the tour-opening match against England on Monday."

Taylor and Hesson were unavailable for comment.

The meeting represents a significant step following a public fallout between Hesson and Taylor after they returned from the tour of Sri Lanka in early December.

Taylor revealed Hesson had asked him to stand down as skipper midway through the two-Test series against Sri Lanka.

While Hesson claimed he only wanted to remove Taylor as captain in the shortened forms of the game, Taylor believed he was told he would be stripped of the Test captaincy as well.

Taylor, 28, suggested New Zealand Cricket hadn't been truthful about its version of events and expressed anger at the timing of the change.

NZC officials apologised for a breakdown in communication after Taylor pulled out of the six-week tour of South Africa, making way for new skipper Brendon McCullum.

After a six-week break, Taylor returned to cricket for Central Districts last week and he will play another Plunket Shield match against Auckland starting on Wednesday.

He will then join the New Zealand XI in Whangarei for the first of two Twenty20 matches before the squad for three T20 internationals is announced.

Hesson also met Jesse Ryder in Wellington on Tuesday but no announcement has been made about the in-form batsman returning to international cricket.


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