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Blackcaps look to secure series at Hagley without Taylor

Isaiah Smiler
Ross Taylor
Ross Taylor will be absent from tomorrow's game in the wake of a upper leg injury.  Flickr

The Blackcaps will be without in-form star batsmen Ross Taylor for the final ODI against England tomorrow, with the series currently locked at 2-2.

Taylor suffered an injury during his match-winning 181 not out against England in the fourth One Day International on Wednesday.

Taylor battled through the injury moments after bringing up his 19th One Day International century at Dunedin’s University Oval.

Coming to the crease with his side two wickets down for only two runs, he and captain Kane Williamson put on 84 for the third wicket, before Williamson was  caught behind off the bowling of England paceman Ben Stokes.

Tom Latham then joined him in the middle and the pair put a further 187 runs on the board to set up the victory. The partnership is a new New Zealand record for the fourth wicket partnership against England.


Tom Latham (pictured right) will need to step up for the Blackcaps in the absence of his middle order partner. Flickr

The team isn't sure how serious Taylor's injury is but management will make a decision when the extent of the injury is known.

Taylor will sit out the deciding ODI at Hagley Park tomorrow, with Auckland based Mark Chapman in to replace him.

Mark Chapman
Auckland-based Chapman will have big shoes to fill in tomorrow's series decider. Flickr

Chapman has already played against England this series, scoring just nine runs in two innings.

Chapman will have big shoes to fill but has previous experience playing at an international level with Hong Kong so should be up for the challenge.

The decider in Christchurch is set to start at 10:30am at a sold out Hagley Oval.