Fallout with Ross Taylor because of race for New Zealand captaincy: Brendon McCullum
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Updated: March 22, 2020 7:21:43 pm


Brendon McCullum and Ross Taylor (File Photo/AFP)

Brendon McCullum stated his fallout with Ross Taylor, a ‘bad stain for New Zealand cricket’, was on account of a race for captaincy between the two after Daniel Vettori stepped down from the place in 2011.

Taylor was the one who took over from Vettori. Taylor and McCullum had performed collectively for the New Zealand U-19 staff as effectively, at which degree McCullum had been the skipper and Taylor his vice-captain.

“It put some pressure on my friendship and relationship with Ross. I have a lot of development and under-age cricket with Ross. I was the captain of the U-19 team and Taylor was my vice-captain. We’ve always got on really well,” McCullum stated in a ‘Sky Sports Podcast’.

However, after a 1-1 attract a Test collection in Sri Lanka in 2012, it emerged that Taylor had points with then coach Mike Hesson. That adopted collection defeats in South Africa, the West Indies and India. McCullum finally took over in all codecs in December 2012 and stayed within the position till his retirement in 2016.

McCullum added, “We needed to go for an interview for the job. It was about presenting the map for the long run of New Zealand cricket to a panel. I don’t actually know what we had been doing.

“If I had my time, I might’ve stated ‘No I’m not going to return and undergo the method, you appoint Ross as captain after which we’ll see what unfolds from there.’

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“It’s a bad stain for New Zealand cricket and put pressure on Ross and me. Then it led me to eventually take over the captaincy from Ross.”

McCullum stated that he and Taylor are nonetheless not the very best of pals however he has rather a lot of respect for New Zealand’s all-time highest ODI run-scorer.

“We are not best friends. I have an immense amount of respect for him. He has a lovely family and a great career. He is at peace and content in his personal life. He has done really really well,” stated McCullum.

(With PTI inputs)

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