ENG vs NZ: Ross Taylor limps out of training session- New Zealand’s talismanic batsman Ross Taylor limped out of the Blackcaps first training session ahead of their departure for England with a calf injury.
Monday was the start of two training camps the Kiwis will have prior to departure with conditions created to as closely resemble what they’ll encounter in England as possible.
New Zealand coach Gary Stead expects an update on the seriousness of the problem later on Monday. “The reports I’ve had so far is it’s more precautionary than anything but we’ll see how he scrubs up,” Stead told reporters.
“You are always worried when any injuries happen but someone of Ross’s standing and calibre as a Test player you always have a little bit of a concern. Fingers crossed everything is good and we still have time on our side, but we’ll just have to wait and see what the medical team say.”
The latter stages of Taylor’s home summer were disrupted by injury with a hamstring niggle keeping him out of two of the ODIs against Bangladesh.
ENG vs NZ: Ross Taylor limps out of training session- The New Zealand squad are due to depart for England in the middle of May ahead of the two-Test series that begins on June 2 to be followed by the World Test Championship final against India in Southampton.
Stead hinted that even if there was some doubt over Taylor’s immediate fitness he would likely make the trip. “Ross has a great Test record behind and we want him in our team,” he said.
New Zealand are likely to be without their IPL-based Test players – Kane Williamson, Trent Boult, Kyle Jamieson and Mitchell Santner – for at least the first match against England and potentially both given the strict quarantine rules now in place for arrivals from India that require 10 days isolation.
ENG vs NZ: Ross Taylor limps out of training session- The Blackcaps have named a 20-member New Zealand squad for the two England Tests which will be trimmed to 15 ahead of the WTC final.
Devon Conway is in line for a Test debut while the uncapped Rachin Ravindra has also been included. All the players in New Zealand have had their first dose of Covid-19 vaccine and will have their second before leaving.
ENG vs NZ: New Zealand Squad for England and WTC Final: Kane Williamson (captain), Tom Blundell, Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Devon Conway (WK), Colin de Grandhomme, Jacob Duffy, Matt Henry, Kyle Jamieson, Tom Latham (WK), Daryl Mitchell, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Rachin Ravindra, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling (WK), Will Young
ENG vs NZ: Big blow for New Zealand; Ross Taylor limps out of training session ahead of England departure