New Zealand vs Pakistan: Ross Taylor suffering from vision problems, to see an eye specialist

AFP, Nov, 20 2016

Christchurch: Senior New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor has vision problems and will see an eye specialist before the second Test against Pakistan, coach Mike Hesson confirmed on Sunday.

A disappointed Ross Taylor walks back after first innings dismissal in the second Test against India. AP

File photo of Ross Taylor. AP

There has been concern about Taylor's lack of runs in recent Tests and he did not bat in his usual number four spot in the second innings of the first Test against Pakistan in Christchurch, which New Zealand won by eight wickets.

Hesson said Taylor had his eyes checked before the start of the match and "it certainly showed he needed to see a specialist.

"It just appears the eyesight has deteriorated. Ross was keen to get it seen to."

No decision will be made on whether Taylor will play in the second Test starting in Hamilton on Friday until the results of the tests are known.

The 32-year-old Taylor has an average of 45.95 but has only averaged just over 10 in his last 10 innings, scoring 11 in his only knock against Pakistan.

Hesson said Taylor had a check-up six months ago and there were no issues then.

"There's a growth that's come across a little bit. It's been fine for a long time but it's part and parcel for any human being. You do different tests, you want to make sure things are all in order."

Despite eyesight concerns, Taylor fielded at first slip throughout the Pakistan Test, taking a catching to dismiss Babar Azam off Colin de Grandhomme in the first innings.

Published Date: Nov 20, 2016 | Updated Date: Nov 20, 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
Rank Team Points Rating
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2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4579 114
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115