Concerns for Taylor

Promising New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor has played two very important innings for his country in one-day international cricket in his limited career to date, and in both has suffered from severe cramping in his legs in the latter stages of both innings.

While the 22 year-old has been cleared to play in New Zealand’s first match against England in more than two years at Hobart tomorrow, concerns still remain about the cause of the cramps, which have caused the Central Districts batsman some extreme discomfort and forced him to use a runner late in his gallant 84 in the 105-run loss to Australia yesterday.

Captain Stephen Fleming has admitted that he and the rest of the team are ‘concerned’ as to why he has suffered so badly from cramps both in yesterday’s innings and in his 128 not out against Sri Lanka at Napier late last month.

Taylor has undergone blood tests to determine whether there is a way to ensure he is better prepared for such long draining innings, the likes of which New Zealand supporters will be hoping he plays a lot more of.

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