New NZ captain Taylor plans to ‘lead from the front’

Wellington: Ross Taylor, who has returned from an “awesome” break, has said he plans to ‘score runs and lead from the front’ as New Zealand captain.

In June, Taylor was named New Zealand’s 27th test captain, succeeding Daniel Vettori. Then came his wedding to long-time partner Victoria.

For the first time since his New Zealand debut in 2006, he went cold turkey on cricket for a month.

"It was strange to have a break, but it was awesome. I haven`t had that since I`ve been a professional cricketer so I made the most of it, after seeing the schedule for the next two and a half years. It`s pretty full on," a website quoted Taylor, as saying.

Now it is back to work, but the firsts will continue: Taylor`s first tour of Zimbabwe and first as skipper in all formats.

"First and foremost is to score runs and lead from the front, and get to know the players a bit better and what makes them tick. And seeing how they go under pressure," the new skipper said.

"We are a talented bunch but that only gets you so far. If we show a bit of fight when things aren`t going so well I`m sure that will go a long way," Taylor stated.

"At the World Cup we played with a lot of passion and that seemed to bring the best out of most of the team," he added.


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