Taylor proud to 'prove his teammates wrong'

Author
Matiu Workman,
Publish Date
Wed, 27 Dec 2017, 7:13AM
Trent Boult had figures of 10/52 from the final two ODIs against the West Indies. (Photo \ Photosport)
Trent Boult had figures of 10/52 from the final two ODIs against the West Indies. (Photo \ Photosport)

Taylor proud to 'prove his teammates wrong'

Author
Matiu Workman,
Publish Date
Wed, 27 Dec 2017, 7:13AM

He may be in the latter stages of his cricket career, but there's no end in sight to Ross Taylor's limited overs form.

The Black Caps No 4 enjoyed innings of 57, 49 not out and 47 not out to compile the top runs aggregate of 153 across both teams, bringing his average in the 50-over format to a tick under 45.

Taylor says he's in some of the best form of his life.

"I've been working hard over the last couple of months and it's nice for that work pay off. But I'm not getting any younger, I'm only 33 but my teammates think I'm 38, so it's nice to prove them wrong."

Taylor put his own form down to "not sweating the small stuff".

So has he sought any specialist coaching to maintain the standards he reached under late mentor Martin Crowe?

"I talk to a lot of people, but not one person in particular," he said.

"I've been working closely with Pete Sanford, the sports psych with NZC [New Zealand Cricket]. He's been great.

"Even during rain breaks in the past I'd think about it too much and overcomplicate things.

However, while Taylor has been bathing in runs against the West Indies but he believes the bowling of Trent Boult was the catalyst to New Zealand's 3-0 one-day international whitewash.

Trent Boult claimed three scalps, including that of Chadwick Walton. Photo / Photosport

Trent Boult claimed three scalps, including that of Chadwick Walton. Photo / Photosport