Throughout the entire league against India, New Zealand has been facing a lot of injuries apart from the loss of the ODI league. Pretty soon the T20 league between India and New Zealand is going to begin. There have been required changes and updations in the team with respect to the upcoming league.
Ross Taylor, the former skipper is all set to join the Kiwis. He had not been in the playing elevens during any of the T20Is for New Zealand ever since March 2016.
Soon after the Kiwi’s defeat playing against India in ODI series, New Zealand is well prepared to face the hosts for the upcoming tri-series T20Is that is beginning from November 1st. However, due to the injury faced by the leg-spinner Todd Astle, New Zealand will have to continue the remaining series without him. His absence is definitely a loss to the team.
But, the team has replaced the bad news with some good gain with Ross Taylor replacing Todd. After Taylor’s outstanding performance during the ODIs, the selectors have picked him with utmost faith saying the veteran is in full form and expected to do pretty well with his recall in the T20I squad.
In the recently concluded ODI series, Taylor had ended his rally of 155 runs and thus associates a lot of expectations in the upcoming shortest format of cricket; he will be playing after a long gap since March 2016.
Mike Hesson (Head Coach- New Zealand) in a statement in favour of Taylor’s return said, “Ross [Taylor] is in good form as well. He gives us another option through the middle order. It’s a real shame for Todd, but it will be nice to have Ross’ experience in the group.”
New Zealand is still on the No. 1 position in T20Is. The visitors had also been in good form and recorded a win over India in one of the matches in the ODI and have a record of victory against India in the shortest cricket form.
Hesson hopes to maintain this record against India, saying, “We’re No. 1 in the world at the moment (for T20). We’ve got the bulk of the squad we’ve had for a while with some fresh and exciting faces as well. Once again, it’s a tough challenge here playing India in India.”