Wellington: Coach John Wright hopes the very public, drawn-out process to appoint Ross Taylor as New Zealand cricket captain is never repeated.
``In future I hope whatever processes are embarked on in reaching these decisions, probably they`re a little bit more rapid than they have been in this case,`` he told reporters during a media teleconference.
He added: ``For me being a coach, we`re in a sporting competitive environment and it`s about making decisions as quickly as possible then getting on with things.``
Wright, NZC`s director of cricket John Buchanan and national selection manager Mark Greatbatch were the interview panel. The fact Taylor was the incumbent vice-captain who`d led the side in Daniel Vettori`s absence meant he was in ``a more advantageous position``.
``I`ve been impressed by his captaincy when he had the opportunity. I think we`ll complement each other well. By the same token Brendon, it`s very disappointing for him, because he`s got his strengths as well. None of these things are completely cut and dried. And Taylor`s performances, individually, while he`s been doing that role, have stood up,`` Wright said.
Taylor averages 44.20 from 11 ODIs as captain, compared with a career average of 36.80.
The coach rejected the theory that Taylor was a safe option, as opposed to perceptions that McCullum was more attacking and adventurous.
``I don`t look for safety in such decisions. Whoever missed out it was going to be extremely tough on them. They`ll each bring their own character to the role. I hope Brendon, by the time this all settles down, is an important part of our leadership group. “
Wright telephoned McCullum on Tuesday and left a consoling message, but was yet to speak with him. The vice-captaincy would be offered to him.
``If he wants to do the job, if Ross Taylor`s off the field, he`s certainly an obvious candidate. I expect to talk to Brendon hopefully in the near future. He`ll need a bit of space.``