Ross Taylor’s farewell tour resumes in Napier against the Netherlands

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Ross Taylor is preparing to play his last three ODIs for New Zealand, against the Netherlands later this month.

Retired Black Caps great Ross Taylor will feature for New Zealand’s XI against the Netherlands in Napier next week as he prepares for his final three international cricket matches.

Taylor was left out of Friday’s Plunket Shield match for the Central Stags as a Covid-19 ‘family contact’ but was included in the XI selection under captain Michael Bracewell for two of three warm-up games against England. touring team.

Taylor will miss next Thursday’s 50-over match at McLean Park, but will play the second matchday match next Saturday and the T20 match the following Monday.

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After playing his 112th and final Test against Bangladesh in January, the 38-year-old Taylor will complete his glittering international career in all three ODIs against the Netherlands from March 29-April 4, at Mt Maunganui and Hamilton.

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“I can’t wait to get to Napier and play on one of my favorite grounds at McLean Park,” Taylor said.

“It’s a great opportunity to spend some time in the middle after missing the last round of the Plunket Shield and it will also be worth taking a look at the touring squad ahead of the ODI series.

New Zealand's Ross Taylor takes a wicket with his final act in Test cricket.

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New Zealand’s Ross Taylor takes a wicket with his final act in Test cricket.

“I can’t wait to share the locker room with new, younger faces who I hope I can help by passing on some knowledge.”

The NZ XI includes Bracewell, wicketkeeper Dane Cleaver and fast bowler Ben Sears who are strong contenders for the Black Caps’ white ball squads to take on the Netherlands, with 12 Premier League regulars unavailable Indian.

Of the three, Sears, the Wellington Firebirds point guard, already made his T20 international debut in Bangladesh in September – the same Wellington tour teammate Bracewell had to turn away as he awaited the birth of his first child.

Cleaver, the Central Stags glover, has yet to be included in a Black Caps squad, but he’s been on the national radar for a few seasons.

Firebirds speedster Ben Sears is a great opportunity for the Black Caps team to take on the Netherlands.

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Firebirds speedster Ben Sears is a great opportunity for the Black Caps team to take on the Netherlands.

The rest of the NZ XI squad give a glimpse into the future with Jesse Tashkoff, Jock McKenzie and Matt Boyle, recent graduates of the NZ U19 programme.

Another familiar surname is that of left-arm spinner Tim Pringle, the son of former Black Caps dressmaker Chris Pringle.

Paul Wiseman will lead the coaching staff and will be supported by Auckland bowling coach Azhar Abbas and former Black Caps wicketkeeper turned Northern Districts network coach BJ Watling.

New Zealand XI: Michael Bracewell (Captain, Wellington), Matt Bacon (Otago), Matt Boyle (Canterbury), Josh Clarkson (CD), Dane Cleaver (CD), James Hartshorn (Wellington), Mitch Hay (Canterbury), Jayden Lennox (CD), Angus McKenzie (Otago), Jock McKenzie (Auckland), Tim Pringle (ND), Ben Sears (Wellington), Jesse Tashkoff (Wellington) – game 1, Ross Taylor (CD) – games 2 and 3.

Netherlands: Pieter Seelaar (captain), Stephan Myburgh, Max O’Dowd, Scott Edwards, Bas de Leede, Vikramjit Singh, Aryan Dutt, Logan van Beek, Philippe Boissevain, Brandon Glover, Fred Klaassen, Ryan Klein, Clayton Floyd, Boris Gorlee, Shariz Ahmad.

Tour schedule:

The 17th of March: v NZ XI (50 overs) at McLean Park, Napier, 11am

March 19: v NZ XI (50 overs) at McLean Park, 2pm

March 21st: v NZ XI (Twenty20) at McLean Park, 7 p.m.

March 25: vs. Black Caps, T20 International at McLean Park, 7:10 p.m.

March 29: v Black Caps, 1st ODI at Bay Oval, Mt Maunganui, 2pm

April 2: v Black Caps, 2nd ODI at Seddon Park, Hamilton, 2 p.m.

April 4: v Black Caps, 3rd ODI at Seddon Park, 2pm

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