NZ vs BAN 1st ODI: After Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor also ruled out due to injury- Days after New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson was ruled out due to an elbow injury, now Blackcaps key batsman in the middle order, Ross Taylor, has been also ruled out due to a hamstring injury. “Ross Taylor has been ruled out of the opening # ODI with a hamstring injury. Mark Chapman has been added to the @ squad for Saturday’s match,” ICC said in a tweet post.
Ross Taylor has been ruled out of the opening #NZvBAN ODI with a hamstring injury.
— ICC (@ICC) March 16, 2021
“Mark Chapman has been brought in as batting cover for @RossLTaylor, who has been ruled out of the opening game of the Alesha Mart ODI series with a small tear in his left hamstring. #NZvBAN,” New Zealand Cricket tweeted.
Mark Chapman has been brought in as batting cover for @RossLTaylor, who has been ruled out of the opening game of the Alesha Mart ODI series with a small tear in his left hamstring. #NZvBAN https://t.co/LAsEfeUW9l
— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) March 16, 2021
Taylor sustained the injury while fielding on the last day of the Central Stag’s Plunket Shield victory over the Wellington Firebirds at McLean Park in Napier on Sunday. BLACKCAPS coach Gary Stead said the injury was precautionary and was hopeful Taylor would be available for second two on Tuesday at Hagley Oval.
“It’s a shame for Ross to have this happen on the eve of a series,” he told nzc.nz.
“It’s a small tear and we’re hopeful after some rest and rehabilitation we can get him fit for the second game in Christchurch.
“It’s an exciting time for Mark who’s come in and performed well recently for the T20 side, so we have full confidence he can do the job if called upon.”
Taylor will assemble with the side in Dunedin later today in order to have treatment and monitor the injury.
The three-match ODI series against Bangladesh is the BLACKCAPS first qualifying series for the 2023 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup.