Black Caps saga: Taylor for tests

Last updated 12:00 18/06/2013
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POSITIVE APPROACH: Ross Taylor plays a drive on his way to 66 against England in the first test.

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Six months after Ross Taylor lost the captaincy of the Black Caps fans give their view on whether the side is better off.

The evidence is clear, under Ross Taylor the NZ test team was making significant ground.

First test win in Australia for 25-plus years, first drawn test series in Austrlia for a decade.

First test win in Sri Lanka for 15-plus years, including what was described by many as the greatest individual performance by a NZ player from Taylor.

Under Brendon McCullum we seem to have become weak and brittle. First we were rolled by South Africa on four occasions, including once for under 50. Now the same thing has happened in England.

McCullum does make a good ODI captain, but he does not have the skill to lead in tests. As he doesnt keep, he is barely good enough to make the team, he is more there by default due to NZs lack of talent.

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