Ross Taylor ruled out of ODI series against South Africa

Ross Taylor was appointed New Zealand captain after the end of ICC 2011 World Cup AFP

By CricketCountry Staff

Wellington: Feb 17, 2012

New Zealand suffered a big blow on Friday when their captain Ross Taylor was ruled out of the upcoming One-Day International series against South Africa die to a calf injury.

The New Zealand skipper tore a calf muscle during his century against Zimbabwe in Napier on January 26. He was set to return to action in the first ODI against South Africa on February 25, which automatically indicated his exclusion from the team for the T20s starting this Friday.

Brendon McCullum, New Zealand’s stand-in captain is confident that his side is prepared to face the bigger challenger against South Africa and will be riding high on their success against Zimbabwe.

Meanwhile, Taylor said that his side has been performing well in his absence and it was best he took time to ensure a full recovery, Associated Press reported.

He said, “When the physio told me four to six weeks I automatically thought four weeks. We’ll just see how it goes but I won’t be pushing myself.”