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Taylor ready for tougher test

The New Zealand captain is ready to take on Pakistan after a convincing win against Bangladesh

Taylor ready for tougher test - Cricket News
New Zealand skipper Ross Taylor (left) congratulates Brendon McCullum on his century in the ICC World T20 match against Bangladesh.
Ross Taylor, the New Zealand captain, is expecting Pakistan to pose a far tougher proposition for his side after Friday’s comfortable ICC World Twenty20 victory over Bangladesh.

New Zealand went into its opening game in Pallekele with question marks over its ability to play spin bowlers. Centurion Brendon McCullum – with support from the rest of the top order – silenced the doubters, at least until Sunday’s match against Pakistan at the same venue.

Saeed Ajmal, Shahid Afridi and Mohammad Hafeez are all in the top 11 places on the Reliance ICC Twenty20 International Rankings, so Taylor and his men will go into the match with the knowledge that their batting credentials will be given a severe examination.          

“Pakistan are a lot more experienced than Bangladesh,” said Taylor. “They’ve played very well in the last 12-18 months. They’ve got world-class players throughout their team. There are some areas we still need to work on from this match and hopefully we can improve on them come next match. I think there will be a few changes in a few areas as we are coming up against a different side."

"(Mohammad) Hafeez and (Saeed) Ajmal have got very good records in the last 12-18 months. We have had an insight into the wicket and how it has played at different times. And the confidence from the way we played today, we’ll hopefully take into that. We prepared really well for this game and I’m sure we’ll do the same against Pakistan.”

Taylor admitted losing the toss against Bangladesh proved to be a blessing in disguise with opposition skipper Mushfiqur Rahim’s decision backfiring on Bangladesh.

“We would have bowled first as well, with a bit of rain around,” said Taylor. “We would have liked to have batted but with the clouds around Duckworth-Lewis might have come into it. Brendon (McCullum)’s innings was outstanding. He laid the foundation, James Franklin backed him up and our seam bowlers and Nathan McCullum were outstanding.”

With Pakistan yet to get its ICC World Twenty20 programme underway, Taylor is hoping recent experience of Pallekele International Cricket Stadium will be to his team’s advantage at the weekend.    

“I’m not sure [whether this venue suits NZ more]. It didn’t spin as much as we thought it might. When you play a second time on it, it could probably spin a little bit more. We’ll have to wait and see,” Taylor concluded.

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