Taylor ready for armband duty

But batsman hoping skipper recovers from knee injury

By Elliot Ball.   Last Updated: 09/03/11 11:14am

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Vettori: Injury woe

Vettori: Injury woe

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Ross Taylor is confident he can captain New Zealand to the knockout stages of the World Cup should Daniel Vettori's fitness fail him.

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"We've got a lot of senior players in the team for me to look to, to get help and to bounce ideas off."
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The Black Caps will find out later this week whether their skipper's World Cup campaign is over after the influential leader suffered a knee injury while fielding during Tuesday's 110-run win over Pakistan.

A New Zealand spokesman revealed the extent of the damage will not be known until the team's arrival in Mumbai ahead of their penultimate group game against Canada on Sunday.

Taylor, who hit an unbeaten 131 before being handed the captaincy reins in Pakistan's faltering response, admitted the success had come at a cost as his side were now left to sweat on the fitness of Vettori.


"We'll just have to wait and see," said Taylor.

"Obviously he's a key part of our team and we need him to go further in this competition. But he didn't bowl a ball and we won, so we just have to give it a couple of days and see where he's at.

"Hopefully he's all right come two or three days' time."

Taylor, who has captained New Zealand in Vettori's absence on a number of occasions, believes he could do the job if the left-arm spinner fails to recover.

"I've captained the team in quite a few matches now," added the 27-year-old.

"We've got a lot of senior players in the team for me to look to, to get help and to bounce ideas off.

"We'll have to wait and see, but if it did come about it would be something that would be an honour to do. There's still a long way to go in this competition, but if that comes about then I'd grab it with both hands."

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