McCullum says 'high-class' Taylor pivotal for Kiwis' future

Wellington, Feb 21 (ANI): New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum has claimed the team needs high class Ross Taylor to keep performing at the highest level following his century in the second one-day against England at Napier on Wednesday.

It wasn't Taylor's best looking knock by any means, but it was one of his most significant, albeit in a losing cause against England in the second ODI at Napier's McLean Park on Wednesday, Stuff.co.nz reports.

With the test series fast approaching on March 6, New Zealand needed their best batsman firing after the captaincy saga, and Taylor responded with his seventh ODI century, 100 off 117 balls, as New Zealand were dismissed for 269, however, that was never enough as England, led by rising batting star Joe Root's unbeaten 79 off 56 balls, cruised home by eight wickets with 14 balls to spare.

McCullum said they all knew that Taylor would get runs at some point, adding he is a high-class player and he's done it time and again for them.

McCullum added it certainly wasn't a matter of hoping Taylor was going to get runs it was a matter of when it was going to happen, adding their team is a lot stronger when their No 4 batter is chipping in like that.

Kiwis would need Taylor even stronger on Saturday for the series decider at the postage stamp Eden Park where both sides will fancy chasing any target. (ANI)

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