'What a legend' - Ross Taylor given Christmas gift to remember ahead of Boxing Day Test

Black Caps batsman Ross Taylor was given a Christmas present he might not be too fond of, catching up with 1 NEWS Sport's Guy Heveldt at the MCG.

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The Kiwi batsman won't be short of reading material any time soon. Source: 1 NEWS

Preparing for the Boxing Day Test against Australia starting tomorrow, Taylor gave some of his time away from the Black Caps' training to receive his gift.

After dispensing with a Christmas cracker, Taylor was given his present, a copy of England's Ben Stokes' book 'On Fire.'

The 35-year-old batsman laughing off the joke present.

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Preparing for the Boxing Day Test, the Black Caps got into the Christmas spirit in Melbourne. Source: 1 NEWS

"Stokesy, what a legend," he said.

"I played with him back in 2010 at Durham, he's a good lad."

Stokes of course was man of the match in the Cricket World Cup final, seeing England take the trophy on a boundary countback ahead of the Black Caps.

Taylor and the Black Caps will be in action against Australia in Melbourne from tomorrow.