Taylor anticipates early return

Ross Taylor is confident he will return from injury earlier than anticipated.

The New Zealand captain is recovering from a shoulder injury he sustained during the first Twenty20 loss to West Indies in Florida, and he has been batting in the nets over the past two days.Initially, Taylor said the problem would keep him out for “anywhere between two and six weeks”, but ten days after suffering the injury he is already gearing up for a return. It remains to be seen whether that will be during the one-day series, which finishes on Monday, or for the first Test, which begins in two weeks.

“It was my first net against the quicks [today],” Taylor said in St Kitts yesterday. “I had the spinners yesterday. It was nice to get out there. It was a little bit better today. There’s still a little bit of pain there but if I can keep improving like I have every day then I’m every chance of hopefully playing a little bit earlier than I was first expecting when I first heard about the injury.”

In Taylor’s absence, the captaincy duties have fallen to the young batsman Kane Williamson, who led the team to their first victory on the tour today, defeating the West Indies by 88 runs. Taylor has been impressed with the way he has handled the responsibility of leading a squad in which only two players, Doug Bracewell and Tom Latham, are younger than him.

“He’s been great. He’s only young, and to come out here and captain guys who are a lot older than him is always a little bit intimidating,” Taylor said. “But the players respect him. He’s got a good cricket brain and the way he batted in the last game showed what a mature player he is. Hopefully for his own confidence he can continue that form with the bat and hopefully everyone else can rally around him and give him that first win which will give him a lot of confidence.

“I’ve talked to him quite a bit. He’s been very forthcoming with asking questions and picking my brain. Hopefully he has learnt a lot. He’s got my full support and hopefully he can continue the way he’s going so far.” †(Cricinfo)†††††

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