Timely Taylor knock continues hot summer

MARK GEENTY
Last updated 07:00 29/01/2014
Ross Taylor
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LEADING TO VICTORY: Ross Taylor scored his century in the fourth ODI against India at Seddon Park in Hamilton.

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Ross Taylor's timing was close to perfection last night and he hopes his second child follows suit in the next few weeks.

Taylor guided New Zealand to a coveted one-day international cricket series win over India with a game to spare in Hamilton, scoring 112 not out to usher in a seven-wicket victory chasing 279.

His ninth ODI century earned him man of the match and continued his golden summer of runs, as the Black Caps go to game five in Wellington on Friday with an unbeatable 3-0 lead.

Taylor is no certainty to play a full part in the rest of India's tour as he and wife Victoria await the arrival of their second child which is due during the second test in Wellington, starting on February 14. Jesse Ryder is in the test squad as cover for Taylor, should he have to dash away to be at the birth.

"I'm just taking it day by day. Victoria's best friend just had a baby three weeks early. We'll just have to wait and see. Hopefully if it plays ball it can come between the first and second test, that'd be really good," Taylor said.

Taylor's focus didn't waver on the park in a technically high class knock as he kept the ball on the carpet at Seddon Park, with cut shots making up a high proportion of his 15 boundaries.

The trademark slog-sweep over mid-wicket has barely been sighted this summer but he hoped to unveil it again with the World Twenty20 looming in March.

"It's taken 29 years I think [to get rid of the slog sweep]. I've been working at it for a while, just trying to work the top hand. I wouldn't say I've lost it but I'm starting to go back to it as there's a big tournament in a few weeks time.

"I'm starting to bring it out at training. It's nice to hit to other areas and give the opposition teams something to think about."

Taylor paid tribute to Kane Williamson who helped him add 130 for the third wicket and effectively seal the match for New Zealand. They endured tough batting conditions where the ball turned and they had to be watchful against India's gun spinners Ravindra Jadeja and Ravi Ashwin.

"I don't think we laid bat on his first couple of overs. I've played a few years in India and in New Zealand it doesn't usually turn as much. Kane's a very good player of spin and we knew if we could negate them we could put pressure on their fifth and sixth bowler."

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