The veteran batsman wasn't part of the first two ODIs against Bangladesh
New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor urged his team-mates to guard against complacency despite clinching the three-match ODI series against Bangladesh with a game still left to play, stressing on the importance of the World Cup Super League that will be on offer.
New Zealand started their World Cup Super League campaign with two successive wins against Bangladesh. Taylor wasn't part of the first two matches, with a hamstring injury keeping him out. The veteran batsman, however, has regained full fitness and is set to feature in the final game.
"It is nice to have wrapped up the series, but there are World Cup points on offer. There's no dead rubber, it has a bit of context," Taylor said on Thursday (March 25). "As we have seen throughout the whole summer, teams coming out of quarantine have taken a couple of games to get ready. We had a bit of luck to go our way in the last game and I am sure Bangladesh will want to finish the ODI series on a high note.
"I don't think they were far away in the last game. If they took couple of those catches at the crucial time, we would have been under pressure with guys who haven't played a lot of cricket. They are always a dangerous side. If we were playing in Bangladesh, you'd have to be even more wary of them. They are a good side in those slower conditions, and if anything, it was a pretty slowish wicket in Christchurch," he added.
Taylor, New Zealand's highest run-getter in one-day cricket, is set to play an ODI after a break of more than a year, said he's looking forward to his return to the 50-over format while insisting that he isn't looking at this as an opportunity to showcase his T20 credentials.
"I was pretty close to playing the last game. If it was a Test or a World Cup semifinal, I would have played. But I decided against it, give it a couple of days. It feels good. It has been a strange old year. I haven't played any one-day cricket. So looking forward to playing the format I enjoying playing.
"I don't feel I have anything to prove at this part of my career. I have done well in the past in one-day cricket. I have been consistent. It is not an opportunity to show where I am, T20-wise. Sum up the situation and bat accordingly whether it is Test, ODIs or T20s. It won't change," he said.
Taylor also said that he was impressed with the way Devon Conway has adapted to international cricket. "Devon has played very well in his whole international career to date. He is learning, just facing those offies he is having to work out a plan. Sometimes that's what international cricket is about. You can prepare as much as possible in domestic cricket until you are actually exposed to it. You have to come out with a game plan. I think he's working out the best way he can approach it. It can only benefit him going forward."