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Ross Taylor scares New Zealand on day one of training camp ahead of test series in England |  Cricket News

Ross Taylor injured his calf on the first day of New Zealand training camp; the Black Caps will play two Tests in England next month, as well as the World Test Championship final against India

Last updated: 03/05/21 8:14 am

Ross Taylor is broke in his last 14 innings

New Zealand got scared ahead of next month’s test series against England after Ross Taylor injured his calf.

The 37-year-old batsman was injured in the net on the first day of New Zealand training camp and left the field to undergo a scan.

Head coach Gary Stead said: “The reports I’ve received so far are more cautious than anything else, but we’ll see how he does.

“You’re always worried when injuries do occur, but someone of Ross’s reputation and caliber as a test player, you always have a little bit of worry.

“Fingers crossed, everything is fine and we still have some time on our side, but we’ll just have to wait and see what the medical team say about it.”

Ross Taylor scares New Zealand on day one of training camp ahead of test series in England |  Cricket News

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New Zealand have two three-day camps scheduled before heading to England, where they will play a two-test series, as well as the first World Testing Championship final against India in Southampton.

Taylor, who missed the first two one-day internationals against Bangladesh in March with a hamstring injury, went 14 innings without a hundred.

However, Stead said: “Ross has a great test record behind him and we want Ross Taylor to play on our test team.”

New Zealand could already do without Kane Williamson, Trent Boult, Kyle Jamieson and Mitchell Santner for at least one of the tests against England due to their involvement in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

The IPL final will take place on May 30 and anyone arriving in the UK from India must self-isolate for 10 days.

The first test between England and New Zealand is scheduled for June 2, with the second starting eight days later.

New Zealand have named an expanded 20-man squad – including the uncapped pair of Devon Conway and Rachin Ravindra – for the trip to England, which will be reduced to 15 for the final against India.

All team members have received their first Covid vaccine and will receive the second before arriving in England.


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