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Ross Taylor furious over dismissal as New Zealand captain

Ross Taylor: Unhappy over dismissal as captain

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Ross Taylor has accused New Zealand cricket officials of "lying" about the circumstances of his sacking as the national team captain.

New Zealand Cricket (NZC) claim they asked Taylor to continue as Test captain whilst relinquishing the ODI and Twenty20 captaincy to Brendon McCullum.

But Taylor insists he was dismissed from all three roles by coach Mike Hesson and asked in a radio interview on Monday is someone in NZC was lying he replied "definitely".

In an increasingly bitter dispute being played out in the full glare of the media, the parties only agree that Taylor learned that he was to be stripped of the captaincy four days before last month's second test against Sri Lanka.

Taylor said: "He (Hesson) said I wasn't a good enough leader, that this team needs a strong leader and that I wasn't a strong leader.

"If I wasn't a strong leader why would he give me the Test captaincy?

"He said 'Ross, I am going to recommend to (NZC director of cricket) John Buchanan that we have a new captain for South Africa.' There was nothing in there about anything to do with a split captaincy."

Taylor has since made himself unavailable for the two-Test tour of South Africa starting later this month that also includes three Twenty20 internationals and three one-dayers.

"I don't think I could have given 100 percent. It has been a pretty stressful time for me, especially the last two or three weeks, but the last five months have been pretty tough on myself.

"The team will be better without me and all the distractions that have happened in the last couple of weeks."