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Ross Taylor appointed Black Caps captain

Tuesday 21 Jun 2011 2:53 p.m.

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New Zealand Cricket today announced that Ross Taylor is the new Black Caps captain, replacing Daniel Vettori who stepped down following the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011.

The New Zealand Cricket Board fully endorsed the recommendation of NZC Director of Cricket John Buchannan, Black Caps Coach John Wright and Acting National Selection Manager Mark Greatbatch.

New Zealand Cricket CEO Justin Vaughan said Ross Taylor has the characteristics required to be a successful leader.

"Ross has been an impressive deputy to Dan Vettori since taking over the vice-captaincy and shown to be a very capable leader when he has had the opportunity.

"We are delighted by Ross's appointment and believe he will proudly lead the Black Caps in what promises to be an exciting time for the team

"The process to select the captain has been robust. We wanted to make sure the right people were involved and that we appointed the right man for the job - I'm sure we have done that.

"While I congratulate Ross I would also like to acknowledge the wonderful contribution Daniel Vettori has made during his time as captain. Dan has been an astute leader and excellent role model and I would like to pass on my thanks on behalf of every cricket fan across the country."

Taylor said he was humbled to be named BLACK CAPS captain.

"I've learnt a great deal about leadership having played under Dan Vettori and feel ready to take on what is one of the highest honours in New Zealand sport.

"I'm looking forward to the challenge and appreciate the level of responsibility that comes with captaining your country.

"I believe we have the quality in the dressing room to be a force in world cricket and I'm keen to play the best cricket possible to help take the team forward. I'm excited about the future."


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