ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Ross Taylor hopes to take inspiration from Chris Gayle and play next tournament in 2023

New Zealand batting mainstay Ross Taylor is preparing to play in his fourth World Cup but he has not ruled out featuring in another one four years later as he gets "inspired" by West Indian Chris Gayle.

Press Trust of India, May 27, 2019 10:25:34 IST

London: New Zealand batting mainstay Ross Taylor is preparing to play in his fourth World Cup but he has not ruled out featuring in another one four years later as he gets "inspired" by West Indian Chris Gayle.

At 35, the upcoming event could be the New Zealand batting great's final World Cup bow but he says if his body allows he may still be playing in another showpiece event.

File image of New Zealand's Ross Taylor. Reuters

File image of New Zealand's Ross Taylor. Reuters

For that, he does not have to look far for inspiration as he is keen to follow the 39-year-old 'Universe Boss' Gayle, for whom age has proven merely a number with runs scored and sixes struck aplenty.

"I'm 35 but you never really know what is to come. Chris Gayle is probably an inspiration – he is 39 in this World Cup and I am 39 at the next, so it is not a simple matter," Taylor, who will be playing in his fourth World Cup, was quoted as saying by the ICC website.

"You never know, this will probably be my last World Cup but if these hamstrings and calves hold together then maybe I can be back in a few years."

New Zealand face West Indies in their final World Cup warm-up game at the Oval on Monday. They had beaten India by six wickets on Saturday and Taylor had scored 71.

Taylor said he's keen to keep pressure at a minimum over the coming weeks.

"My approach to the World Cup is not necessarily a mindset of going out there just to enjoy it," explained Taylor.

"You always put a lot of pressure on yourself in big tournaments –pressure comes with it whether you think about it or not, so it is about managing those moments."

No Kiwi comes close to 67 centuries or fifties he has in ODI cricket but with a World Cup trophy still absent from his cabinet, the work is not done yet. New Zealand were finalists four years ago.

"I think you have to pace yourself in a tournament like this, it is a long time and the way our schedule is, there are a lot of games at the start and a bit of a break in the middle. The way you rest and train between games is going to be very important," he said.

"When it comes to a warm-up you just treat it as that and then get out of the game what you want to get out of it. For us, we have not played as a team for two or three months, so it was about going out there and testing our skills out against the best.

"It is going to be a lot tougher, making the final four years ago we played a lot of games at home and we knew our conditions very well. If you get off to a good start and get onto a roll, you can get into those semi-finals and suddenly you are only two wins away from winning it," said Taylor.

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Updated Date: May 27, 2019 10:25:34 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
Australia 5 4 1 0 8
New Zealand 4 3 0 1 7
England 4 3 1 0 6
India 3 2 0 1 5
Sri Lanka 5 1 2 2 4
West Indies 4 1 2 1 3
South Africa 5 1 3 1 3
Bangladesh 4 1 2 1 3
Pakistan 4 1 2 1 3
Afghanistan 4 0 4 0 0





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4647 111
5 Australia 4805 109
6 Pakistan 4107 93
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254