Cricket World Cup 2019: Ross Taylor using 2015 heartbreak as motivation

Blackcaps batsman Ross Taylor plans to use the pain from losing in the 2015 one-day international Cricket World Cup final as motivation to try to win this year's tournament in England.

Four years ago, New Zealand won all eight games en route to the final, before suffering a crushing seven-wicket defeat to Australia at the last hurdle.

On Wednesday, the Blackcaps named their squad for the 2019 edition, with a host of names from four years ago, including Taylor, selected for the tournament which starts next month.

"We need the key people playing well during the World Cup, and luck will be a big factor as well," said Taylor.

"Hopefully we can go one step further than we did four years ago in New Zealand.  We were pipped at the last one, but I think the players will use that as motivation."

Adding to the motivation for Taylor is the fact this could be his last World Cup for New Zealand.

This year's tournament will be the 35-year-old's fourth ODI World Cup, having also featured in 2007, 11 and 15.

"It was one of my goals five years ago to get to this stage, and I feel like I'm playing good enough that I can go further.

Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor.
Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor. Photo credit: Photosport

"The 2023 World Cup might be a stretch and playing a World Cup in England will be special playing at those traditional ground and I but couldn't think of a better place for my last World Cup."

Taylor is the most experienced player in the squad with 218 ODIs under his belt since making his debut against the West Indies in 2006.

One of the 15 players named in the squad was Tom Blundell who is yet to play an ODI for the Blackcaps.

Bundell was named as a back-up wicket-keeper option after Tim Siefert fell out of contention when he broke a finger.

If the 28-year-old gets onto the field, Taylor expects Blundell to hold his own.

"Any time you play in your first World Cup is daunting let along making your debut.

"But's he's not coming in cold. He's played test cricket and Twenty20. If he was coming in not having played for New Zealand at all, it would be a disadvantage.

"If he was to make his debut my job at first slip is to calm him down, but level-headed and he'll take it in his strike regardless if he makes his debut in the group stages or in the finals."

The Blackcaps play two warm-up matches against India and the West Indies before opening their campaign against Sri Lanka on June 1.


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