Ross Taylor gets the axe as New Zealand captain

Zeenews Sports Bureau

New Delhi: Ross Taylor has been sacked as the New Zealand captain amid reports of differences with new coach Mike Hesson.

Brendon McCullum has been handed the captaincy for the national team.

New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White announced the decision at a news conference in Auckland on Friday, saying Taylor rejected an offer to remain as Test skipper while allowing McCullum to lead the team in one-day and Twenty20 internationals.

However, White denied coach Hesson had lost faith in Taylor`s captaincy after a string of poor results since taking over in June 2011, but said he was concerned the skipper`s duties were affecting his batting.

"He felt it would be better for Ross to focus on his game. It was felt that the workload for a young captain was a lot," White was quoted as saying by a new agency.

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