Wellington: Dec 4, 2012
Taylor, who took over as skipper in June last year, faced heavy criticism when New Zealand threw away a commanding position and crashed to a 10-wicket defeat in the first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle last month.
While the 28-year-old steered the Black Caps to a series-levelling win in the second Test in Colombo, scoring 142 in the first innings, the New Zealand Herald said several senior players favoured a change of leadership.
It cited a source as saying that ongoing speculation over the captaincy “makes it harder for everyone — it is almost untenable at the moment.”
McCullum was Taylor’s main rival when spinner Daniel Vettori stepped down as captain last year and is seen as a more attacking option than the incumbent.
New Zealand have lost seven of 13 Tests under Taylor’s captaincy, winning four and drawing two.
Over the same period, the Black Caps have lost one-day series to South Africa, the West Indies and Sri Lanka, with their sole series win against Zimbabwe.