Taylor injury scare for New Zealand

04 May 2021 00:09:57 GMTPlus10

New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor has suffered a calf injury at the start of the Black Caps' preparation for a two-Test series against England.

The 37-year-old pulled up during a nets session and was taken off for a scan, although coach Gary Stead said he hoped it was just a precautionary measure.

Fingers crossed everything is good and we still have time on our side.

Gary Stead

The injury is a blow to the tourists, who will also face India in the inaugural final of the World test Championship, which will take place in Southampton during their stay.

It will also be a setback for Taylor, who is looking to re-establish himself in the squad for the T20 World Cup later this year, after he was dropped from the squad in December.

The first clash with England will take place on 2nd June with a second Test scheduled eight days later.

New Zealand could already be without Kane Williamson, Trent Boult, Kyle Jamieson and Mitchell Santner due to their participation in the Indian Premier League.

On Taylor, Stead said: "The reports I've had so far are that it's more precautionary than anything, but we'll see how he scrubs up.

"You are always worried when any injuries happen but someone of Ross's standing and calibre as a Test player, you always have a little bit of a concern.

"Fingers crossed everything is good and we still have time on our side, but we'll just have to wait and see what the medical team say."

New Zealand are 8/1 to win the T20 World Cup 2021, with India 9/4 to triumph and England available at 4/1.

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