Cricket World Cup 2019: Ross Taylor expects Blackcaps to overcome 'not ideal' preparation

Blackcaps veteran Ross Taylor is defending New Zealand's limited build-up for the 2019 Cricket World Cup in the UK.

New Zealand is just over a week away from launching their campaign, with their first match taking place on June 2 against Sri Lanka.

While other nations have played one-day-international series before the 50-over World Cup, New Zealand's players have been scattered all over the world, playing in the Indian Premier League or English county competition, or with the New Zealand XI.

The Blackcaps have just two warm-up games against India and the West Indies on May 25 and 28 to prepare for the tournament.

Speaking to the AM Show, Taylor said the limited preparation for the World Cup was "not ideal", but is confident the Blackcaps can overcome that hurdle.

"It's not ideal, but with the landscape of international cricket, that's part and parcel with how things are," he said.

"But this is where we see the importance of these warm-up games. We have a big game against India on Saturday and then another against the West Indies.

"Teams will likely rest players, so hopefully we can play a full-strength India team, and face bowlers like [Jasprit] Bumrah, who is the number-one ranked bowler in the world who didn't come to New Zealand in the home summer." 

Meanwhile, Blackcaps captain Kane Williamson has confirmed Tom Latham will take no part in the two warm-up games due to his finger injury.

Latham picked up an injury to his finger while wicket-keeping in a match against an Australia XI, prior to flying out to England and Wales for the imminent tournament.

"Tom won't be available for the first two warm-up games," Williamson at a press conference.

"We are hoping he progresses nice and quickly and we will have to address it as the days go by."

With Latham out, uncapped back-up keeper Tom Blundell will likely take his place.


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