• Another Kiwi bites the dust

    Ross Taylor is the latest player to be ruled out of New Zealand’s tour of South Africa in August.

    Taylor underwent minor surgery after he suffered a blow to the groin during training a day before the third ODI in Harare. He will also miss the remaining two matches against Zimbabwe, as well as the following two T20Is and three ODIs against South Africa.

    A New Zealand Cricket press release stated that with 16 players in the squad, no replacement will be required for Taylor. James Neesham took the batsman’s place in the New Zealand XI for the third ODI against Zimbabwe.

    Taylor joins Brendon McCullum, Tim Southee (both rested), fast bowler Trent Boult, all-rounder Corey Anderson and all-rounder Mitchell Santner (all injured) on the list of players also missing the tour.

    Kane Williamson is the stand-in captain.

    The first T20I between South Africa and New Zealand will be played on 14 August.

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