New Zealand are trailing 0-1 in the three match ODI series against South Africa © Getty Images
New Zealand are trailing 0-1 in the three match ODI series against South Africa © Getty Images

Ross Taylor, who is not allowed to hit a ball until October as he recovers after a testicular surgery, aims to make a comeback for New Zealand’s tour of Australia that begins in October with a tour match against Prime Minister’s XI in Canberra on October 23 and the first Test is in Brisbane two weeks later. It is the series where the pink ball will make a debut in the first ever day and night Test match. Taylor, who had sustained a groin injury while batting in the nets against legspinner Ish Sodhi is missing the vital series against South Africa where the Black Caps are trailing 0-1 after the first One Day International (ODI) on Wednesday. READ: New Zealand will miss Ross Taylor sorely on South Africa tour 2015

According to a report from Cricket Australia, the 30-year-old said: “Any time you get hit on the box, or in my case missing the box, there’s always a bit of pain. I’ve just got to make sure that I don’t get hit again and I should be fine. There’s not a lot of cricket on now so the focus is getting ready for the first Test in Australia.”

He was initially told recovery would take two-three months but that has been upgraded to less than two months because of good healing. It is understood that he has been strictly restricted from training for at least next six weeks because another blow to the testicles would be a serious setback. READ– South Africa vs New Zealand 2015: Black Caps clearly missing Brendon McCullum, Ross Taylor

The Black Caps are definitely missing Taylor’s services especially looking at his superb form in the ongoing 2015 season, noting that his four hundreds in 2015 are next to only Kumar Sangakkara’s 5. Also, he is among the four ODI batsmen to cross the 1000-run mark in 2015, the other three being teammates Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson and Tillakaratne Dilshan.