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Published: June 22, 2011
Ross Taylor beat his team mate Brendon McCullum after being interviewed by a three-man panel consisting of the coach John Wright, the director of cricket John Buchanan and the acting national selection manager Mark Greatbatch.
After becoming captain, Taylor is looking forward to put his side in the right direction. He also said that “I was very happy with the way we played in the World Cup and the fighting spirit we showed”.
“We’ve been very inconsistent in the Test arena and we probably haven’t played as well as we would have liked. Each individual has to step up and commit to training hard and working hard as a team. We need to bat long periods of time with the bat and get 20 wickets. If we don’t do those two things very well then we’re going to struggle.
“Test cricket is still the ultimate for me. I look forward to playing Test cricket. Some other people may differ, but for me Test cricket is still the ultimate and where I want to get the most out of myself and the team. Once that happens, one-day cricket and Twenty20 is also in there as well.”
New Zealand cricket board took three months to announce their captain when Vettori stepped down after the World Cup semi-final loss to Sri Lanka.
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