Wright hopes McCullum will accept Taylor’s deputy job

Wellington: New Zealand coach John Wright hopes that Brendon McCullum will accept the job as Ross Taylor’s deputy.

Taylor was yesterday confirmed as captain for all three formats, ending a process that played out publicly for months.

McCullum and Taylor were in the race to lead the New Zealand team and Wright was uncomfortable with the fact that McCullum had to be passed over so publicly in a two-horse race.

“I hope Brendon sticks his hand up for that role [vice-captain]. But he needs a bit of time to think. It’s a tough time and he needs a bit of space,” Wright said.

Wright called McCullum and left a consoling message yesterday.

Sources said Taylor’s strengths are an affinity with the younger players, a sound tactical brain and an impressive batting record as skipper.

Bureau Report

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