Cricket: Taylor to return in Whangarei


Ross Taylor has been named in the New Zealand XI cricket squad to face England in two Twenty20 warm-up games in Whangarei next month as he works his way back into the test side following his highly publicised dumping as skipper.

The two teams will meet in two matches on February 4 and February 6 at Cobham Oval ahead of the three-match ANZ Twenty20 series between England and New Zealand.

Taylor hasn't played any cricket since leading the Black Caps to a test victory against Sri Lanka in November.

He decided to take a break from the game when Brendon McCullum was named as his replacement as captain in all forms of the game.

He returns to action for Central Districts in the Plunket Shield against Canterbury at Napier's McLean Park starting today after earlier this month making himself available for selection to play England.

- NORTHERN ADVOCATE

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