NZ vs ENG 2018: Mike Hesson speaks on Ross Taylor's injury

New Zealand will play two Tests against England, starting in Auckland on 22 March.

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New Zealand head coach –Mike Hesson, on Wednesday, said that Ross Taylor’s health would not be risked for the One Day International series decider against England on Saturday (10 March) in Christchurch.

On 7 March, Taylor scored an unbeaten 181 Wednesday despite suffering a recurrence of a leg injury that left him limping between the wickets to help New Zealand to beat England by five-wicket in Dunedin to level the series 2-2 with final is scheduled to play at Hagley Oval on 10 March.

As per Reuters, Hesson told reporters in Dunedin, “It needs a bit of time to get rid of those aches and pains and then we can make an assessment on the detail of the injury. We need to know the extent of it and whether it’s one of those injuries that can get worse or whether you can grin and bear it. We’re just not sure yet. Once we know that we can make an educated decision over whether it is worth the risk or whether he genuinely needs a good break before the tests.”

Mark Chapman has rejoined the squad as a replacement for Taylor if he fails fitness test, and the Kiwi coach has said that the team’s management and physiotherapist are just not sure yet about the injury.

Hesson signed off by saying, “We thought if Ross could get us another 20-25 runs at that point quickly that will keep us in the game. The fact Ross got more than 25 was obviously very helpful for us. You don’t use the word great often, but that was a great hundred."


By Rashmi Nanda - 08 Mar, 2018

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