Cricket: Taylor still not comfortable

Ross Taylor has admitted that he is still not comfortable in the Black Caps team environment. Photo / Getty Images,
Ross Taylor has admitted that he is still not comfortable in the Black Caps team environment. Photo / Getty Images,

Former New Zealand cricket captain Ross Taylor has admitted he is still not comfortable in the Black Caps team environment following their dramatic series draw with England yesterday.

Taylor, dumped from the captaincy and replaced by Brendon McCullum in December, was questioned by RadioLIVE this morning about his return to the camp after opting out of January's South African tour.

"I'm looking forward to the next tour," he said. "I wouldn't say I'm as comfortable as I would like to be, but yeah, I guess time will tell. At the moment I'm just enjoying the success of others."

Taylor was then pushed to elaborate on his feelings and revealed there is more to the captain-coach saga than the public know.

"There's a lot of things that have happened. Over the next couple of weeks or months things might get told but, right now, it's probably not a great time to talk about it."

Since the messy handling of Taylor's stripped captaincy, the former captain has received huge public support from crowds all around the country after returning for the English series.

Taylor's comments sharply contrast with the image portrayed after his century against England in the one-day international in Napier five weeks ago.

After announcing himself back on the international scene with his seventh ODI century, Taylor said "he felt like he never left" and that "things are going fine".

It's clear there are issues still lingering from the fallout, but Taylor quickly deflected attention to the success of the drawn test series with England.

"As one of the senior batters, it's nice for others to come in and score some runs, something I haven't done very much in a New Zealand team is have to wait a couple of sessions to bat. Hopefully I can start getting used to that trend," he said.

"We've always had the talent, it's just marrying that together and playing consistent cricket. We've got a good nucleus of young players who are getting more experienced now. Time will tell. There are definitely good signs for the future."

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