Ross Taylor taking on coaching role with Papua New Guinea

Ross Taylor has taken on a new role as an advisor for developing cricket nation Papua New Guinea.

NZ Cricket has confirmed the 33-year-old batsman will be involved with the Papua New Guinea Barramundis as a consultant coach.

Cricket PNG said the role would last for "about a week" to help the side prepare for an upcoming series with United Arab Emirates.

Papua New Guinea Barramundis.
Papua New Guinea Barramundis. Source: Cricket PNG

It’s understood Taylor will still be contracted to New Zealand Cricket despite the venture which he organised.

Cricket PNG CEO Greg Campbell says the acquisition is an exciting time for the Barramundis.

"We would like to thank all parties for their support in making this possible," the former Australian international said.

"We are very privileged to get Ross on board and I am sure that the coaching staff and players who are currently in the UAE are looking forward to working with Ross."

Papua New Guinea plays United Arab Emirates in two 50 over matches in Abu Dhabi on April 2 and 4 as part of the ICC World Cricket League Championship followed by a four-day Test on April 7 for the ICC Intercontinental Cup.

Papua New Guinea are currently ranked 16th by the ICC in ODIs.

Ross Taylor celebrates his century. Source: Photosport


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Watch: Brilliant! Confused Kiwi umpire gives Indian batsman out - then changes his mind before anyone notices

A remarkable on-field gaffe from Kiwi umpire Chris Gaffaney has become one of the most watched moments of the third cricket Test between Australia and India, after his quick-thinking and casual sleight-of-hand saved double centurion Cheteshwar Pujara from an early shower, in the seesawing affair in Ranchi.

Though the Test ended in a draw last night, to keep the four match series tied at 1-1, Gaffaney's astonishing and sneaky reversal of a dismissal proved to be an entertaining and key moment in the match on day three.

With India at 385/6 and chasing Australia's first innings total of 451, Pujara attempted a hook off Josh Hazlewood but instead missed, with the high ball clearing his top edge.

Or did it? Hazlewood half-heartedly appealed the attempt along with wicketkeeper Matthew Wade and captain Steve Smith at first slip, but the edge wasn't challenged and play continued until commentators picked up Gaffaney's clever move moments later.

"How to give a batsman a heart attack right there," one commentator said.

"The finger came out and it went and scratched the head."

Pujara went on to make 202 as India took a commanding lead with 603 in their first innings before Australia defended all of day five yesterday to grind out a draw.



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As it happened: Proteas cruise to second Test victory over Black Caps in Wellington

South Africa have beaten the Black Caps by eight wickets on day three to claim the second Test at the Basin Reserve in Wellington.

SA 83/2,  24 overs - Amla 38, Dumminy 15

SA 48/2, 18 overs - Amla 20, Elgar 17

WICKET! Neil Wagner strikes with Elgar edging the ball straight into BJ Watling's gloves.

SA 24/1, 11 overs - Amla 3, Elgar 10

SA 18/1, 5 overs - Cook 11, Elgar 7

WICKET! Tim Southee strikes dismissing Stephen Cook. He edges it to the slips where Jimmy Neesham makes a comfortable catch.

SA 0/0, 1 over - Cook 0, Elgar 0

NZ 171, 63 overs - Watling 29, Wagner 4

OUT! The Black Caps are all out for 171. Maharaj to Watling and he hits the ball straight into the hands of Duminy. An excellent innings for Mahraj who bags his best figures of 6 for 40.

South Africa need 81-runs to win.

NZ 167/9, 62.4 overs - Watling 29, Patel 0 

WICKET! Rabada to Patel, he swings and edges it and has been caught out by de Kock who makes a simple catch.

NZ 161/7, 60 overs - Watling 21, de Grandhomme 0

WICKET! Maharaj to de Grandhomme and he goes for a duck! Maharaj's delivery drifts into middle and leg, but then turns away past the outside edge. The ball goes onto hitting the top of off stump.

NZ 155/6, 57 overs - Raval 80, Watling 21

WICKET! Maharaj delivers a wide outside off ball and Raval is caught out of his crease. De Kock makes no mistake this time and Raval has been stumped.

NZ 139/5, 50 overs - Raval 71, Watling 13

And we are back!

NZ 139/5, 50 overs - Raval 71, Watling 13

TEA BREAK - The Black Caps head have 139-5 with and have a lead of 48. Jeet Raval unbeaten with 72 and Watling on 14.

NZ 136/5, 49 overs - Raval 71, Watling 13

NZ 119/5, 43.1 overs - Raval 61, Watling 8

FOUR! Maharaj to Raval and he brings out a sweep and hits in front of square. Classy batting from Raval.

NZ 114/5, 42 overs - Raval 56, Watling 8

NZ 101/5, 34.4 overs - Raval 51, Watling 0

FIFTY! Philander to Raval and the Kiwi batsman gets his fourth Test half century. He hits the ball through the covers for three. An excellent innings for Raval showing great patience to weather the storm.   

NZ 96/5, 32 overs - Raval 46, Watling 0 

NZ 86/4, 31 overs - Raval 40, Nicholls 7

WICKET! Mahraj to Nicholls and the Kiwi batsman goes to sweep but drags the ball onto his stumps.

NZ 64/3, 24.4 overs - Raval 30*, Nicholls 0*

WICKET! Broom goes after lunch! After a good over with Raval hit the first two balls to the boundary, Broom pushes at another good delivery from Morkel. The ball takes the edge through to de Kock behind the stumps. Perfect start for South Africa, disaster for New Zealand, Morkel grabs his third as Broom goes for 20. First innings centurion Henry Nicholls is the new man in. New Zealand still trail by 27.

1:41pm

Broom and Raval make their way back to the middle after the lunch break. They'll need to set a platform for the likes of Nicholls, Neesham and Watling to try and build from later in the day. South Africa still lead by 36 runs, which will be the first target for this pair to knock off.

NZ 55/2, 23 overs - Raval 21*, Broom 20*

Lunch. This New Zealand pair survive until the end of the first session. Raval sees out a testing final over from Rabada to get through to the break not out with 21. Broom is at the other end with 20. Their partnership is 29 runs, the lead is now down to 36 runs. We'll be back in around 40 minutes as this thrilling second Test match continues in Wellington.

NZ 39/2, 14 overs - Raval 15*, Broom 10*

Broom and Raval are starting to steady the ship for New Zealand. Broom has registered his first Test runs, moving along to 10, while Raval has looked solid at the other end, unbeaten with 15. Their partnership is 13 runs, New Zealand still trail by 52 runs.

NZ 26/2, 6.5 overs - Raval 13*, Broom 0*

WICKET! Williamson goes now! Morkel with another one in that corridor of uncertainty, Williamson prods uncertainly and South Africa all go up for a caught behind. The umpire gives it not out, South Africa review straight away. Hotspot shows a thin edge, he'll be out too! He goes for one, South Africa with their tails up as New Zealand lose their second. South Africa still leading by 65.

NZ 16/1, 4.3 overs - Raval 6*, Williamson 0*

WICKET! Tom Latham what have you done?! Morkel keeps up a probing line outside the off-stump, getting the ball to move away from the two left handers. Latham drives at a ball he should have gone back to, getting the outside edge where Duminy takes a good catch behind the wicket. Latham goes for six, Kane Williamson the new man.

NZ 4/0, 1 over - Latham 4*, Raval 0*

Latham leaves the first four balls alone, he gets an edge off the shoulder of the bat down to third man for four to open New Zealand's account in the second innings. Huge appeal for lbw the last ball of the first over. Umpire gives it not out and South Africa review. Not a bad shout, but hotspot shows that Latham picked up a massive inside edge onto the pad. Not out it stays.

11:19am

Raval and Latham stride out to the middle. Either one of them could use a hundred here, both for New Zealand's and their own sake's. Latham takes strike for the first over, Morne Morkel to bowl.

SA 359 all out, 98 overs - Philander 36*

WICKET! Patel ends the last pair's resistance! He bowls a flatter delivery that doesn't spin and cleans Morkel up through the gate. He departs for 40 - his equal best Test score - South Africa lead by 91 runs. Tom Latham and Jeet Raval race off to get their pads on.

SA 353/9, 96 overs - Philander 36*, Morkel 35*

Huge appeal first ball of the day. Second ball of the over is clubbed back over Patel's head to bring up the 50 partnership, a solid stand from the South African last pair. 

10:58am

New Zealand are out in the middle, South Africa's not out pair of Philander and Morkel make their way to the crease to resume their stand. The partnership sits at 47 - one run shy of a South African record against New Zealand. Jeetan Patel will open up for the home side.

10:44am

Conditions look good for play on day three, with only a slight cloud covering the ground for the bowlers to work with. The pitch is starting to look like a good one for batting on - much to the delight of the New Zealand openers, who'll be hoping to have their pads on within the first hour. 

PRE MATCH

What a day it could have been. New Zealand had the advantage yesterday with the tourists reeling at 94-6 before lunch, before a solid partnership between Quinton de Kock and Temba Bavuma paved the way for an 81-run lead for South Africa.

South Africa will begin proceedings at 349/9, while New Zealand are desperate to break South Africa's last wicket partnership, with Vernon Philander and Morne Morkel having put on 47 runs so far.

New Zealand's batsmen will face an uphill task, most likely having to overcome a deficit slowly creeping towards three figures as both sides look to take an unassailable lead in this three match series.

NZ 161/7, 60 overs - Watling 21, de Grandhomme 0
NZ 161/7, 60 overs - Watling 21, de Grandhomme 0
NZ 167/9, 62.4 overs - Watling 29, Patel 0 
NZ 167/9, 62.4 overs - Watling 29, Patel 0