This situation has actually developed in a very different way to what I was imagining. I was expecting the players and support staff to be divided somewhere close to 50/50 and an almighty rift to form in New Zealand Cricket, but - so far anyway - all we've seen is support for Taylor. It seems as if Taylor has a huge amount of backing from everywhere other than where it counts which makes this a completely suicidal move from Hesson and the board.
The timing has just been absolutely absurd though. I can't believe they've chosen now of all times, even if it's true that they tried to push Taylor before the series. I mean, it even would've made sense for McCullum to come in as captain the minute Hesson was appointed as coach as a new partnership going forward; people would've swallowed that a lot better. Taylor being fit to captain the side for the tour of Sri Lanka but not now just makes absolutely no sense at all, and I think even many of those who may have believed McCullum was a better man for the job previously would agree that the timing of this decision is completely bonkers.
Lawnbowls guy draws comment because he has no qualifications. So he would have pleasantly surprised if things had worked out rosy. But was always going to be mocked if things became a farce. Which they have.
Funnily enough, when Littlejohn got the job wasn't everyone crying out for Hesson to be appointed selection manager and form some sort of dream team with Wright?
The structure is a little confusing to me.
Kim Littlejohn and Mike Hesson. Littlejohn's role is to consult with the domestic coaches and identify players. Mike Hesson has the final say. Greatbatch and Crowe and Turner are also scouts or something.
CEO: David White
Director: John Buchanan.
So presumably Buchanan is in charge of the national teams, while David White is more responsible for the finances and competitions and advertising deals etc etc?
And these people are all answerable to the board?
Is this a standard structure?
What I'm wondering about is which "senior players" are backing McCullum for captain in place of Taylor. You look at our recent teams, and long-timers Vettori, Mills, Oram not being involved in Sri Lanka - who is actually "senior"?
It really does sound a toxic environment to be involved with from the top all the way down to the team itself.
Mills was over there for the ODIs - Franko has been around for a while although in and out of the side recently.
Oram may still be counted amongst the mix as he has been in the team recently.
I can see why he turned it down if it was Hesson who offered it to him. That was a bad move from NZC.Sky Sports: Coach Mike Hesson's and Taylor's relationship is now described as untenable. Hesson called Taylor on Monday to offer him the peace offering of the test captaincy. The conversation was breif.
Based on the "bowling attack supporting McCullum" rumour, I'd have to guess that Southee is against Taylor. He's the only member of the bowling unit who's been around long enough to be classified as a "senior" player. It also seems plausible that Boult (being very new) would follow his former u19 team-mate's lead.
This is wild speculation though.
Unfortunately during his skirmish interview yesterday, White seemed to imply the board were behind NZ cricket's decision.
Without looking up stats, I think I could safely say Taylor has been clearly our best batsmen for the past 12+ months and to effectively hang him out to dry over this is just shocking. Along with the fact he's lead us to Test victories over Australia and Sri Lanka in the past year and with a bit of luck, we would have gone further in the T20 WC.
Either the coach has to go, or I can't see Taylor remaining in the team personally. Certainly couldn't blame him for telling NZC to go stuff themselves and make his dollars in the T20 leagues around the world.
I'm getting the overwhelming sense of this "senior players" thing to be largely guff though. Hesson has wanted McCullum at the top ever since he arrived and that's the reason this is happening; nothing more. The more we hear on the matter, the more we keep hearing from people who support Taylor, at least at the current time, and that includes the players. I don't think there's been a coup from inside the team at all.
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