Ross Taylor, the New Zealand batsman with a pronounced form, says he works hard on his game to prepare for the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup.
“It’s a World Cup year, and I’ve put a lot of focus on the tournament and the one-day cricket,” Taylor said after Saturday’s second one-match international against Sri Lanka on Saturday, January 5th. “There are a few more things I want to work on, but hopefully I can continue the form over the summer.”
Taylor made 639 runs in eleven ODIs in 2018, at an average of 91.28, with two hundred and fifty. He started the new year with two contrasting halftime scores against Sri Lanka in high-scoring games, with hosts scoring 372 and 320. Saturday was his fifth consecutive half-century ODI in a row.
The former New Zealand captain believed that the games for CWC 2019 in England were a good practice, where it is expected that the facilities also provide for large sums. “Even though 300 is just a score, hunting for 300 can sometimes be pretty intimidating,” he said. “You have to act in a certain way.
“I’m sure the results at the World Cup will be very high – certainly for some of the reasons – we need to find ways to get the big numbers and also narrow the opposition.”
Taylors 54 in the first ODI at Mount Maunganui came out of 37 balls as he tried to quickly build on their good start. In the second game, however, when they had lost early wickets, he was a little more cautious and took 105 balls for his 90 and only four and six limits.
In a conversation with Stuff.co.nz, Taylor pointed out how important it is to change his game to match the demands of the game rather than immediately striving for big 300 points.
“Players have to play their natural game, but by the end of the day you’re in trouble in ODI cricket when you’re four or five minutes before the end of the 25:30 mark, then you play and you do not give yourself a chance to express yourself “, he said. You have to earn the right to do that, and I think we’ve done it in the last two games.