We play to win: Taylor
Vizag, Sep 7: Although they lost the Test series, the Ross Taylor-led New Zealand side is looking forward to a different outcome in the shortest format of the game. Infused with the experience of veteran cricketers Daniel Vettori, Jacob Oram and Kyle Mills, a renewed Kiwi side will now take on India in the two-match T20 International series starting tomorrow.
Speaking ahead of the first T20I, Taylor said that the team is energised with the arrival of new players as they begin preparations for their 2012 ICC World T20 campaign.
Excerpts from Taylor’s press-conference:
On whether their success against India in T20s gives the side an edge
It is a record that we will like to keep but all those games have been overseas; one at home and one in 2010 World Cup [World T20]. The Indian team play very well at home. They know the conditions very well. But we have some new players in the side; [Daniel ] Vettori, Jacob Oram and Kyle Mills who have played a lot of[B1] cricket, a lot of Twenty20 cricket and are very experienced in this part. So we look forward to seeing how they perform [not only] in the next two games but also the World Cup [ICC World T20].
On whether they will do things differently after their Test series loss
We have a lot of cricket coming up not only this two-match series but also [have] the World Cup to look forward to. We have some new players coming in and new players bring in new energy. We are looking forward to it. Our World Cup campaign starts now as far as we are concerned. We look forward to showing the style of play that we want to show in the World Cup, tomorrow.
On whether NZ will look to give all their 15 players exposure ahead of the ICC World T20
We won’t be playing all the 15 players, but we will try a couple of different combinations. It’s [the changes are] not experimental, but it’s to give players rest. Every time you play, you play to win. Whoever plays tomorrow, the eleven we choose will obviously want to win the game as well.
On Yuvraj Singh
It’s been a while since he has played and to come back from what he has is a great achievement. But when you play on the field, you play hard and you play competitively. Once you are off the field, you are friends again.
On the advantages of having played in the IPL
Knowing the Indian players a lot more and knowing the conditions [because of playing in the IPL] makes it a lot easier for us, than when we played before the IPL. But the flip side is that they know our players a little better as well. We will have plans to combat them.