Cricket World Cup 2019: Blackcaps' Ross Taylor finding form for Middlesex

Ross Taylor celebrates a century for the Blackcaps
Ross Taylor celebrates a century for the Blackcaps. Photo credit: Photosport

Blackcaps batsman Ross Taylor is rounding into form in the build-up to New Zealand's Cricket World Cup campaign, with a whirlwind innings in English county cricket.

While his teammates struggle in the Indian Premier League or play unofficial warm-up games in Australia, the veteran has smashed 94 runs off 85 balls for Middlesex, as they reached 380 for five off 50 overs against Kent in the Royal London One-Day Cup.

He was part of a 191-run partnership with Max Holden that set the platform for the county's highest List 'A' one-day score and Middlesex held on to win by 33 runs in a high-scoring affair.

Taylor has been New Zealand's top ODI performer with the bat over recent years and currently ranks third in ICC world rankings, behind Indian stars Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma.

On Wednesday, the Blackcaps XI will face their Australian counterparts for the second time this week in Brisbane, as World Cup-bound players search for some form.

The New Zealand side fell just a wicket short of victory over the home side on Monday, with back-up wicketkeeper Tom Blundell hitting 77 runs and Matt Henry took 3/40 with the ball.



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