'Taylor-troubled' Kiwi coach Hesson 'happy' to focus back on game ahead of Tests against England

Wellington, Apr 30 (ANI): New Zealand coach Mike Hesson has said that he is happy that he is able to focus back on cricket again following the fiasco over the sacking of former captain Ross Taylor.

Since the Black Caps returned from Sri Lanka last December and Brendon McCullum replaced Ross Taylor as the national skipper, the sport's public image has been tarnished following a document published by former test captain John Parker, infamously labelled as 'The Taylor Affair', Stuff.co.nz reports.

The report further said that Parker, who accused both Hesson and McCullum for replacing Taylor over personal disagreements in the document, has however, made a public apology, which appears to have provided a book-end to the troublesome summer.

Stating that he was pleased at the positive outcome of the fiasco, Hesson said that he is happy to re-focus on cricket, adding that every England tour is an exciting time for a New Zealand team.

According to the coach, although the players are full of high spirits, they are aware that

they need to build on their good showings in New Zealand in the Northern Hemisphere, adding that the team cannot rest on the laurels of a single good Test series.

Hesson further said that although they have put a lot of hopes on the Eden Park test, however, it will be a crucial two weeks for them in England as the conditions are very different from those at home.

The Black Caps head to England minus a handful for players currently plying their trade in the Indian Premier League.

New Zealand will play two first-class warm-up games against Derbyshire and the England Lions, before the first test against England begins at Lords on May 16, the report added. (ANI)


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