Birthday boy Ross Taylor feeling 'every bit 34' after match winning effort against England

Black Caps batsman Ross Taylor is feeling the effect of his match winning knock of 181 not out against England yesterday, celebrating his 34th birthday today in style.

Batting on one leg and battling numerous other injuries, Taylor stood strong as New Zealand chased down England's 334, leveling the five-match series at 2-2 going into Saturday's decider in Christchurch. 

Appearing on TVNZ 1's Breakfast, Taylor said that he's feeling the impact of his exerting innings, most likely celebrating his 34th birthday on a physio's table.

"(I'm) feeling every bit 34 - and older," Taylor joked.

"It was nice to obviously get the win, (I'm) just trying to do everything to get myself right for Saturday."

Taylor also said that he wasn't sure whether or not he'll be fit for the series decider, yet to be assessed by team doctors after last night's win.

"I haven't seen the physio today, still too early to get a gauge."

"It was a little bit frustrating out there, but it was nice to get some runs and play through the injury."

The Black Caps batsman belted 181 not out to claim the fourth ODI in Dunedin. Source: Breakfast



'It's never easy to let go of something that I have really loved' - Suzie Bates steps down as White Ferns captain

White Ferns skipper Suzie Bates is putting her team first, handing over the reins as captain to teammate Amy Satterthwaite as her side prepares for the women's World Twenty 20 in November.

The 31-year-old made the announcement in Lincoln this afternoon at a press conference at New Zealand Cricket's high performance centre.

Satterthwaite will take over as captain for the New Zealand women's T20 series against Australia on September 29 in Sydney.

Bates said it was tough telling her teammates before the press conference.

Suzie Bates, Captain of New Zealand bats during Women's ICC World Twenty20 India 2016 Source: Getty

"It was difficult telling the team before, it's never easy to let go of something that I have really loved," said Bates, who was in charge for six years.

"It has been a long stint and probably the last 12 months I have struggled with dealing with the captaincy and playing.

"And perhaps the performances as a group haven't gone as well as I would have liked."

Bates believes not having the responsibility as captain will help her focus more on her own game.

"Now that the decision has been made, it makes sense for my own game to be able to concentrate on that at the end of my career," she said.

"And put as much into performing as well as I can without the captaincy."

Bates has played 115 one day internationals and 101 T20 internationals, debuting for New Zealand in 2006.

She has also scored 7000 runs for New Zealand.

The veteran cricketer told media today, "I've struggled with the captaincy and playing". Source: 1 NEWS


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Suzie Bates steps down as White Ferns captain ahead of World Twenty20

White Ferns skipper Suzie Bates has confirmed today that she will step down as captain as the women's national cricket side prepare for the World Twenty20 tournament in November.

Bates made the announcement in a press conference at New Zealand Cricket's high performance centre this afternoon in Lincoln.

The 31-year-old steps down after six years in charge of the White Ferns team, she will be replaced by Amy Satterthwaite as the New Zealand skipper.

Satterthwaite will take over as captain for the New Zealand women's T20 series against Australia on September 29 in Sydney.


Suzie Bates, Captain of New Zealand bats during Women's ICC World Twenty20 India 2016 Source: Getty


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England's James Anderson becomes most successful fast bowler in Test history as India crumble in final Test

James Anderson became the most successful fast-bowler in Test history by claiming the final wicket to clinch England's 118-run victory over India at the Oval today.

Anderson bowled Mohammed Shami for his 564th career wicket, surpassing the record of Glenn McGrath, as England wrapped up a 4-1 series victory.

Centuries from Lokesh Rahul and Rishabh Pant threatened what looked like a simple victory, but England took five wickets after tea to end No. 1-ranked India's second innings on 345.

Adil Rashid removed both centurions, before Sam Curran struck twice to set the stage for Anderson, who also moved past McGrath as the fourth-highest wicket taker.

Despite Anderson's heroics, Alastair Cook led England off the field having scored a century in the second innings in his 161st and final Test match.


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White Fern wanting to test herself in men's cricket at odds with Auckland Cricket

It's the predicament of holding one player back to benefit the sport or prioritise individual player development.

That's the situation White Fern Katie Perkins finds herself in with Auckland Cricket.

As the thirty-year-old comes to the tail end of her career she's wanting to do whatever it takes to be the best and she feels there’s only one place she can do that.

"At this stage of my career I want to be the best I can be and the men’s game provides that for me."

The White Ferns batter has been playing in the women's club competition for 15 years and has been trying for many seasons to get full dispensation to compete in the men's grade.

But the transfer is easier said than done.

"Auckland Cricket, to their credit, didn't say blanket no but the constraints they put around it meant it was pretty much a nil opportunity."

Auckland Cricket chief executive Iain Laxon says when there is women premier cricket scheduled, Perkins has to play that competition but when there is no women's premier cricket on a given weekend she is able to play men’s cricket at whatever level.

The ruling works out to be about two weekends in the season.

The situation has put Auckland Cricket, one of the only regions with a women's competition and actively trying to develop the women’s game, in a difficult situation Laxon says.

"From an organisational point of view, how do we get competition as strong as it can be and having Katie as part of that is really crucial of how we build the strength in that competition."

Perkins admits she’s thought about changing regions to join some White Ferns teammates and play in men’s cricket as that is all that is available.

"I have thought about it, going through this process, but I guess I’m a loyal person."


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