Cricket World Cup 2019: Ross Taylor heading to England early to prepare for fourth tournament

With the Cricket World Cup little over a month away, the Blackcaps will be scattered between the IPL and warm-up games in Australia.

But one who's doing it a little differently is Ross Taylor.

He's vital if the Blackcaps are to replicate their 2015 success - but Taylor's taking some time out before heading to England for county cricket.

After playing every game of the Blackcaps summer he's relishing some time away from the spotlight.

"To see the looks on the kids' faces, they don't really care whether dad's scoring runs," he said.

"At the end of the day you're their dad, and I think that gives you a nice perspective."

In a week,Taylor will fly out to the United Kingdom to play county cricket with Middlesex, the time there giving him valuable time adjusting to conditions.

"Being in the UK has its different challenges," he said.

"The guys that have played county cricket, their experience will be key going into this World Cup."

To prepare for the global showpiece, Taylor is looking back to four years ago.

"Making a final, playing in front of 93,000 people is something you never forget," he said.

"Getting so close last time, hopefully, we can use that as motivation to go one better."

But doing that away from home won't be easy, Taylor knows better than most World Cups don't come without additional challenges.

"What international cricket is all about is the hype and the pressure - and when you go to a World Cup, all those heighten," he said.

"How you deal with that is more often than not how you go in the tournament."

This year will be his fourth world cup.

He joins Brendon McCullum, Dan Vettori. Chris Cairns and Chris Harris as the only other New Zealanders to have played that many.

Vettori is the only one to play in five - and Taylor could yet join him.

"A lot of people are saying it's my last World Cup, [but] I wouldn't rule it out."