Ross Taylor’s return to New Zealand’s test side following eye surgery has provided an interesting subtext for their two-match series against Bangladesh that starts on Thursday as he seeks to surpass former mentor Martin Crowe.
Taylor underwent an operation to remove a pterygium, or growth, on his left eye that had affected his vision following New Zealand’s series-clinching 138-run victory over Pakistan in Hamilton last November.
The 32-year-old scored 102 not out in that match, a 16th test century that moved him to within one of the New Zealand record held by Crowe, who died last year from cancer.
The right-handed batsman has scored 82 not out and 80 in New Zealand’s domestic Twenty20 competition since his return and is relishing his return to the international game.
“When Hogan (Crowe) gave me some of the records he wanted me to break, it was more of a motivation in the background,” Taylor told reporters. “Sometimes you play cricket and just meander along. That’s when the goals come into it.
He added, “At the moment, I’m pretty happy with where my game’s at and if I can get myself in and play well, if the hundred comes it comes and if not I’ll continue to try and be as consistent as possible.”
Bangladesh enter the test series having had their confidence from a first ever test victory over England at Mirpur in October dented after they were swept 3-0 in both the one-day and Twenty20 series. Reuters.