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Black Caps captaincy saga to be resolved

Published: 6:21AM Friday December 07, 2012 Source: ONE Sport/Fairfax

Black Caps coach Mike Hesson will not attend the press conference to resolve the ugly captaincy saga after his flight to Auckland was cancelled.
A press conference has been scheduled at New Zealand Cricket headquarters at 11:30 this morning to "discuss the post-tour review". It is widely speculated that Brendon McCullum will be confirmed as the country's 28th Test captain at the meeting.

Incumbent captain Ross Taylor's immediate future will also be revealed after he went into yesterday's summit meeting with NZC chief executive David White intending to refuse his offer of the Test captaincy only, and seriously considering taking a break from cricket and missing the South Africa tour.

The outcome of the meeting, held away from NZC's Auckland base, remained unclear but The Dominion Post understands it would have taken a mighty effort from White to convince Taylor otherwise.

Taylor remains disillusioned at being hung out to dry by Black Caps management on the Sri Lanka tour.

Hesson and Taylor's relationship was this week described as untenable after Hesson gave his skipper the opportunity to resign before the two-test series. It was then made clear that Taylor would be sacked on the team's return.

Hesson intended to recommend to the board that McCullum take over the captaincy in all three formats for South Africa. But an olive branch was offered to Taylor in the form of the Test captaincy after his man-of-the-match performance in New Zealand's 167-run win in Colombo.

The coach may front up to media in Christchurch later this afternoon