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Last updated 12:13 10/12/2012
Mike Hesson and Ross Taylor

NOT ON SAME PAGE: Black Caps coach Mike Hesson (left) and former captain Ross Taylor disagreed on who should captain the team if both Taylor and Brendon McCullum were absent.

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Ross Taylor has revealed that he and coach Mike Hesson were at odds over who should captain the Black Caps if Taylor and Brendon McCullum were absent.

The situation threatened to happen on the recent tour of Sri Lanka in the second ODI when McCullum was injured and Taylor had been hit by a vomiting bug.

Taylor wanted Kane Williamson to run the cutter while Hesson wanted Brendon McCullum's brother Nathan in charge.

Taylor raised the situation with Hesson after gallantly scoring 72 in New Zealand's innings despite his illness and then wondering who would be in charge if he was forced from the field as Sri Lankla replied.

"I mentioned Kane Williamson should be captain if I wasn't there and Mike Hesson said Nathan McCullum would be captain. I did my best to stay out on the field," Taylor told LiveSPORT today as the fallout from his axing as skipper continued.

In the washup to that tour, Taylor refused the olive branch of retaining the test captaincy and has pulled out of the looming tour of South Africa where Brendon McCullum will captain the team in all three forms of the game.

Taylor reiterated his impression from his initial meetings with Hesson in Sri Lanka was that he wasn't wanted as captain, full stop.

"I know they didn't want me as captain in any form of the game," he said.

"The first time I heard about the test captaincy was when Mike Hesson gave me a call on Monday last week."

Taylor told the station it had been challenging with the change in coaches from John Wright to Hesson coming reasonably early in his captaincy.

Having a rookie coach and captain meant "it probably wasn't a good relationship".

"I gave him (Hesson) as much support as captain and I don't think that was reciprocated," Taylor told LiveSPORT.

He believed the team was starting to show their potential as was proven with their test win in Sri Lanka, his last act as captain.

"I thought the team was coming along well. We were inconsistent but we were a side that was developing,"

Taylor said he was against splitting the captaincies as has been touted by New Zealand Cricket who wanted Taylor to handle the test duties and McCullum in charge of ODIs and T20s. He believed the Black Caps had a unique scenario.

"I don't think it would have worked having split captaincies. Other countries don't have captains that play all three formats of the game. I think it would be quite confusing," he told the station.

He found it perplexing that as captain, he wasn't involved in the review of the Sri Lankan tour.

He hadn't heard from NZC since his meeting with chief executive David White last Thursday, a day before McCullum's elevation to skipper was publicly announced.

Taylor found some irony in the way the situation had played out. While his communications skills had been questioned in his role as captain, he described NZC's efforts in that area as "interesting".

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But time is quickly proving a bit of a healer in a process that should still see Taylor available for the tour of New Zealand by England that starts in February.

Taylor said he had "slept a bit better over the last couple of nights".

"I'm cooling down. It's nice to tell my side of the story and the events from my point of view. As I've said, I still love playing for my country and hopefully it's not too long before I do that."

The public sympathy for him had left him humbled, he told the station.

"It's been surreal really and pretty humbling that the Joe Average punter has come up to me at the supermarket and the petrol station. I have been in the situation (before) where they have told me how to do my job. But it's been so positive ... it's nice to know there are a lot of people out there who do love this game of cricket."

- Fairfax Media

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