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Taylor made vice-captain

Black Cap handed new role ahead of series

Taylor: New challenge

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New Zealand ace Ross Taylor has been appointment vice-captain for the up-coming series against Bangladesh and Australia next month.

"We are fortunate to currently have two outstanding individuals in Ross Taylor and Brendon McCullum who could both assume the captaincy in the event Daniel Vettori were not available"

Geoff Allot

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The Black Caps start off against Bangladesh in a combination of Twenty20, ODIs and Test matches - facing Australia later in the month.

The 25-year-old is the first vice-captain for New Zealand since Brendon McCullum was relieved of the position following the departure of Andy Moles last October.

New Zealand cricket general manager Geoff Allot feels this is a great chance for Taylor to impress, but insists that McCullum has not been discarded from the leadership pecking order.

Qualities

Allot said: "We are fortunate to currently have two outstanding individuals in Ross Taylor and Brendon McCullum who could both assume the captaincy in the event Daniel Vettori were not available.

"We see real qualities in both of these players and will be giving both of them further opportunities to develop their leadership in forthcoming series.

"Brendon has recently fulfilled the role of stand-by captain, and Ross now gets his opportunity this summer.

"Both players have offered on-field support and assistance to Dan during recent tours and it is anticipated that this will continue."

With the appointment of Taylor, the NZC have also announced that Moles' successor is close to being confirmed - with chief executive James Vaughan expecting the deal to be done before the first Bangladesh match.

Speaking to Radio Sport, Vaughan added: "It will be discussed at today's board meeting and I am confident an appointment will be made before the start of the Bangladesh series on Wednesday."