Ross Taylor named New Zealand cricket captain
WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor has been named as the team captain, replacing Daniel Vettori, New Zealand Cricket said on Tuesday.
The current vice-captain, Taylor, 27, had been in a tussle for the top job with wicketkeeper/batsman Brendon McCullum after Vettori retired from the position following the team's semi-final loss to Sri Lanka at this year's World Cup in March.
"I'm looking forward to the challenge and appreciate the level of responsibility that comes with captaining your country," Taylor said in a statement.
Taylor has played 30 tests, 107 one-day internationals and 37 Twenty20 internationals since making his New Zealand debut in 2006.
Taylor has captained the New Zealand under-19 side and had filled in for Vettori in 11 one-day internationals and three Twenty20s.
The aggressive middle-order batsman averages 41 in test matches and 37 in one-day internationals. The right-hander has scored five test and four one day centuries.
New Zealand Cricket chief executive Justin Vaughan said Taylor has shown the characteristics required to successfully lead the national team.
"Ross has been an impressive deputy to Dan Vettori since taking over the vice-captaincy and shown to be a very capable leader when he has had the opportunity," Vaughan said.
Taylor's first assignment will be a two test series in Australia in December.
At the time of the World Cup Vettori, 32, said he would continue to play test matches, but would retire from Twenty20 internationals and was still considering his future in the one-day game.
(Reporting by Adrian Bathgate; Editing by Gyles Beckford)
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