Captaincy row rages as N. Zealand head to S. Africa

Last Updated: Dec 12, 2012, 12:33 PM IST

Wellington: New Zealand cricket chiefs issued a public apology to axed captain Ross Taylor today, as a weakened Black Caps side prepared to depart for South Africa without the in-form batsman.

Taylor opted to sit out the tour against the Proteas after being replaced as skipper by opener Brendon McCullum last Friday, leaving a gaping hole in the New Zealand batting line-up as the side faces the world`s top-ranked Test team.