India vs New Zealand: Ross Taylor looks as if he's back to his usual self, says Tom Latham

PTI, Oct, 25 2016

Ranchi: New Zealand opener Tom Latham on Tuesday backed under-fire batsman Ross Taylor, who is battling poor form in the ongoing tour of India and and has also faced criticism from former captain Brendon McCullum.

In his autobiography Declared, McCullum derided Taylor for being uninspiring during his captaincy and someone who failed to communicate with the team.

"We haven't seen anything about that at the moment," Latham said when asked whether the book Declared has affected Taylor off the field.

File photo of Ross Taylor. AP

File photo of Ross Taylor. AP

Taylor has been a shadow of his past with three ducks from six matches on the tour which included three Tests, and the veteran's sloppy fielding has left New Zealand searching for answers.

The 32-year-old's best score in the tour, spanning more than a month, has come in the last ODI -- a 57-ball 44 in their total of 285 all out in Mohali. But later he spilled Kohli's catch on six as the Indian batsman carried his bat through in an unbeaten 154 to seal a seven-wicket win.

Latham, however, was confident that Taylor who has returned among runs will contribute to the team as they get ready for the final two one-dayers.

"He's got a lot of experience and in the group also, there are many with lots of experience and some guys who haven't played much. Hopefully if we put right team performance together and play our best cricket, I certainly know we will go a long way.

"I suppose it was nice for Ross to spend a little bit of time in the middle in the last game and it looks as though he has come back to his usual self," said Latham.

Published Date: Oct 25, 2016 | Updated Date: Oct 25, 2016

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
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2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4579 114
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
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1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115