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Tay­lor moves fin­ish line fur­ther away

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You’ve got to have short-term goals and long-term goals and the one-day World Cup is def­i­nitely on the radar. It doesn’t mean I will make it, but it’s def­i­nitely one of my goals. Ross Tay­lor

Black Caps bats­man Ross Tay­lor gave his side a boost ahead of their Twenty20 se­ries against­west In­dies af­ter the 36-year-old said he hoped to pro­long his ca­reer through to the next one-day World Cup in In­dia in 2023.

Tay­lor had said ear­lier this year he would prob­a­bly have a bet­ter idea about his plans af­ter this sea­son. How­ever, the novel coro­n­avirus pan­demic forced the can­cel­la­tion of Newzealand’s mid-year tours and prompted or­gan­is­ers to resched­ule the Twenty20 World Cup, which had been due to be held in Aus­tralia in Oc­to­ber.

That en­forced break had helped him recharge and take a fresh look at his goals, he said.

“You’ve got to have short-term goals and long-term goals and the one-day World­cup is def­i­nitely on the radar,” Tay­lor said.

“It doesn’tmean I will­make it, but it’s def­i­nitely one ofmy­goals.”

But with the tour­na­ment be­ing pushed back un­til later in 2023, Tay­lor ac­knowl­edged it might be out of reach.

“(It) was go­ing to be a stretch . . . at the best of times, when it was Fe­bru­ary and March,” he said.

“And nowthe World Cup has been dragged out to Oc­to­ber and Novem­ber ‘23, it’s an­other six or seven months to hang around.”

Newzealand’s high­est test and one-day runs scorer, Tay­lor should achieve an­other mile­stone this sea­son by be­com­ing the most coun­try’smost capped player.

For­mer cap­tain Daniel­vet­tori played 437 in­ter­na­tional matches for Newzealand, in­clud­ing 112 tests, 291 one-day­ers and 34Twenty20 games. Tay­lor has played 433 in­ter­na­tion­als, in­clud­ing 101 tests, 232ODIS and 100 T20s.

“I was re­ally happy to play one or two games fornewzeal­and,” he said.

“I’ve still got to get there first, but my­men­tor, Martin Crowe, al­ways used to say records are­meant to be bro­ken for the next guy to­come beat.”

Newzealand play­west In­dies in the open­ing T20 in­ter­na­tional at Eden Park to­mor­row be­fore two games in Hamil­ton and then a twotest se­ries.

The Black Caps also have home se­ries against Pak­istan, Aus­tralia and Bangladesh this sum­mer.

 ??  ?? Ross Tay­lor has de­cided he would like to aim to still be in the Black Caps for the 2023 World Cup.
Ross Tay­lor has de­cided he would like to aim to still be in the Black Caps for the 2023 World Cup.

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