Black Caps wait on batting hero Taylor for series decider

Sports | 9 Mar 2018

New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor's health will not be risked for a series-deciding one-day international tomorrow as the team look ahead to two Tests against England, coach Mike Hesson says.

Taylor scored an unbeaten 181 to lead New Zealand to a five-wicket win in the fourth match in Dunedin on Wednesday despite a recurrence of a leg injury that left him limping between the wickets. His innings ensured the hosts go into the final match at Hagley Oval with the series at 2-2.

"It needs a bit of time to get rid of those aches and pains and then we can make an assessment of the injury," Hesson said.

Mark Chapman rejoined the squad as cover in case Taylor fails a fitness check, with the first Test at Eden Park in Auckland - New Zealand's inaugural day-night match - starting on March 22.

Taylor's innings was lauded in New Zealand and Britain, with the England press pack condemning their side for throwing away a chance to lock up the series with a match to spare.

England were 267 for one in the 38th over but suffered a collapse of six for 21, ending hopes of a total close to 400. They still finished on 335 for nine and had New Zealand in trouble at 2-2 in the third over before Taylor, captain Kane Williamson (45) and Tom Latham (71) turned it.

REUTERS

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