Former New Zealand cricketer Ross Taylor was one of the best players to have represented the country. He was a celebrated Black Caps player who was part of the team that defeated India in the World Test Championship final last year in England. He retired from all forms of cricket earlier this year.
Taylor recently opened up about his plans to play cricket and adopt the new role of coaching. “Never say never to coaching”, he said when asked if he was open to the role.
“Yeah, a bit of both (coaching and playing). You never say never to coaching but first and foremost I still love playing the game and want to try and play it as much as I can while I can,” Taylor, when questioned by SENZ Mornings if he had any views about coaching or playing, answered.
Taylor is now active with Maori cricket and is considering returning to the cricket pitch through the cash-rich T20 market. “I’m looking forward to playing with Central Districts over the summer, there are a few tournaments that I’ve signed up to go to as well. I enjoy playing the game still and giving back to it in any way. I did miss the game a little bit the other day at Lord’s (the first Test between England and New Zealand), but there are also elements that I didn’t miss and I guess made my decision content,” he said.
Taylor on him becoming a coach
With former colleagues such as Brendon McCullum (new England head coach) and Daniel Vettori (new Australia assistant coach) having landed coaching jobs, Taylor stated that while he was not considering coaching responsibilities at the moment, he would not rule them out entirely.
“Probably not at the moment but I guess being a batting coach or a head coach, a lot of players I played with that I never thought would get into head coaching or be a coach in general (have taken that route). We just have to wait and see. I’ve been successful at one job, hopefully, I have the passion to be successful at whatever I do after cricket as well,” he added.