Taylor confirms one change for Black Caps

Author
Brenton Vannisselroy,
Section
Cricket,
Publish Date
Friday, 8 December 2017, 2:04PM
Ross Taylor has confirmed that Tim Southee will start in place of Matt Henry tomorrow in Hamilton. (Photo \ Photosport)
Ross Taylor has confirmed that Tim Southee will start in place of Matt Henry tomorrow in Hamilton. (Photo \ Photosport)

Ross Taylor has confirmed there'll be one change to the Black Caps XI for the second Test against the West Indies, starting in Hamilton tomorrow.

Matt Henry is making way for Tim Southee, who's rejoined the team following the birth of his daughter last week.

Taylor said they'll have to bowl at a different length at Seddon Park.

"Obviously Tim coming into the side, he's had a good record here in Hamilton. [He'll] put pressure on this young West Indian side."

There'll also be at least one change to the West Indies XI, with captain Jason Holder suspended.

A year on from his eye operation, Taylor can see the ball better and jokes his runs before that may have been a bit of a fluke.

The 33-year-old returns to Hamilton's Seddon Park on Saturday for the second Test against the West Indies, coming off the innings and 67-run victory in Wellington.

The hosts are settled.

The tourists, on the other hand, have their captain suspended and will face Taylor on a happy hunting ground where he has scored four Test centuries.

That was before he had a pterygium removed after the Hamilton Test against Pakistan last November, and began seeing the ball better.

"I actually see the ball swing for the first time in a couple of years. I don't know how I got any runs before that," Taylor joked on Friday.

"Seriously, I do see the ball swing a little bit more than I used to, especially earlier on.

"I think I notice it more when I play day-night games and it's a bit darker, that's when i really struggled and at the start of my innings. Touch wood it's OK, a year ago ... it's gone quick."

Taylor is sitting on 16 Test tons and much has been made of his 17th, which would put him level with his mentor Martin Crowe.

It could happen in Hamilton, where Taylor now lives.

- additional reporting NZN

In the past he had focused on goals, but now it was more about going through the right preparation.

"I know if I go through the right preparation, give myself the best chance and continually do that, I'll be able to get to 17, 18 or whatever. 17 is the benchmark that Hogan (Crowe) wanted me to get to and beat, beat his amount that he got but he said also carry on and dont stop there.

"In time, Kane (Williamson) will probably end up with about 40, so we'll just work it out after that."

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