Ross Taylor is presently playing for 'Island of Origin' © Getty Images
Ross Taylor is presently playing for ‘Island of Origin’ © Getty Images

Melbourne: New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor, who was ruled out of the home series against Australia due to side strain, has said that he is confident of regaining full fitness before next month’s World T20 in India, after making a successful return from injury during the country’s domestic event in Wellington. The 31-year-old batting mainstay smashed an unbeaten 26 off just 16 balls to help his side, North Island claim a comfortable six-wicket T20 victory over the South Island in the Island of Origin clash at the Basin Reserve on Sunday. The former New Zealand skipper, who sustained the injury during an ODI against Pakistan at Westpac Stadium, said that he would be much better in the next couple of weeks. READ: Ross Taylor to play ‘Island of Origin’ to test fitness ahead of ICC World T20 2016

“The physios tell me that it’s good to stretch it out and over time it will loosen off. I’m sure by the time we play our first game, it’s going to be 100 per cent,” Taylor was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au. The T20 format’s pinnacle event is slated to be held from March 8, with New Zealand playing their opening match against India on March 16 in Nagpur. New Zealand will also feature in two World T20 warm-up matches against Sri Lanka and England in Mumbai on March 11 and 13 respectively. READ: Ross Taylor to play ‘Island of Origin’ to test fitness ahead of ICC World T20 2016

New Zealand which will be head by Kane Williamson in World Cup alongside Martin Guptill, Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Tim Southee and Mitchell Santner have not been selected for the Origin match. New Zealand will be playing their first World Cup match against hosts India at Nagpur on March 15. Pakistan, Australia and a qualifier make up the rest of their group.