NZC lying about captaincy row: Ross Taylor
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Fired captain Ross Taylor has accused New Zealand Cricket of misrepresenting the circumstances of his dismissal, further inflaming the captaincy row that overshadows the tour of South Africa. Accounts given to the media by Taylor, New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White and coach Mike Hesson differ widely and Taylor said on Monday that Hesson and NZC's versions are untrue.
White and Hesson say Taylor was asked to remain Test captain but relinquished the captaincy of the ODI and Twenty20 teams to Brendon McCullum. Taylor disputes that claim. Asked whether someone at New Zealand Cricket was lying about the Test captaincy offer, Taylor replied "definitely."
All parties agree that Taylor learned that he was to be stripped of the captaincy four days before last month's second Test against Sri Lanka. Taylor was visited in his hotel room in Galle by Hesson, New Zealand assistant coach Bob Carter and team manager Mike Sandle. The differing versions of what happened at that meeting have become the cause of continuing bitterness between Taylor and NZC.
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.
Hesson said he may not have clearly communicated his intention, but Taylor said the meeting in Galle was brief and blunt and it was clear he was being fired from all captaincy roles.
"He said I wasn't a good enough leader, that this team needs a strong leader and that I wasn't a strong leader. If I wasn't a strong leader why would he give me the test captaincy? He said 'Ross, I am going to recommend to (NZC director of cricket) John Buchanan that we have a new captain for South Africa.' There was nothing in there about anything to do with a split captaincy.''