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Ross Taylor ready to take on more responsibility

Former New Zealand skipper Ross Taylor said he is happy to do the cleaning up role in the middle order after the big hitting player on either side of him go after the bowling.

“It was a great start for us, a great all-round team performance on Sunday. We all performed our roles exceptionally well and carried our form from the West Indies series, especially the T20s,” said Taylor.

“But India are a very good side and their whole team has got a balance to it. Being the number one team in the world in ODIs, I am sure they will come back in the series,” he explained.

“Hamilton is the slowest wicket we have. So it will be a bit more to their liking. We have two matches here. The wicket plays low compared to the bouncy Napier wicket. But we know the conditions better and we have played here a couple times this season. So hopefully we can play accordingly,” he added, stressing about the conditions at Seddon Park in a PTI report.

It will not just be the pitch alone as it has been raining consistently in Hamilton for two days ahead of the match. The forecast for tomorrow too is cloudy with showers in between, so a full game is looking uncertain at this point.

When asked if the pitch is good enough for a 300-plus score like the last ODI versus West Indies here, should there be a full game, Taylor replied, “Obviously weather will play a big part in that. Duckworth/Lewis method too because it looks like there will be a few showers tomorrow.”

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