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Ross Taylor to leave hospital to play

Published: 6:58AM Tuesday November 06, 2012 Source: Fairfax

  • A fighting century from captain Ross Taylor wasn't enough to steer the Black Caps to victory in their fourth one-day international against the West Indies. (Source: Photosport)
    A fighting century from captain Ross Taylor wasn't enough to steer the Black Caps to victory in their fourth one-day international against the West Indies. - Source: Photosport

Captain courageous Ross Taylor is expected to lead New Zealand in tonight's third one-day international in Sri Lanka despite being laid up in hospital last night (NZ time).

Taylor and Andrew Ellis suffered from gastroenteritis during yesterday's "depressing" Duckworth-Lewis loss in Pallekele. Taylor top-scored with 72 from 62 balls despite vomiting before he went out to bat.

All-rounder Ellis returned to the team hotel after being unable to bowl. New Zealand Cricket last night said the two players were being treated for dehydration at the local hospital but were due back at the hotel this morning.

Taylor was expected to be fit to play tonight but Ellis would be assessed closer to match time.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Brendon McCullum is also in doubt after missing yesterday's match because his "back flared up".

"The physio wanted him to rest [yesterday] and see if the swelling went down," New Zealand coach Mike Hesson said.

"We'll reassess it [today]."

Despite posting 250 for six yesterday - their highest one-day total against the home side in Sri Lanka - the Black Caps found themselves 1-0 down in the five-match series after it was determined the hosts' 118 for three from 22.5 overs was good enough for a 14-run victory when the rain set in. The opening match of the series was washed out.

"It's a challenging one but a good challenge for us," Hesson said of the tour.

"Hopefully, we'll get a full squad of players to choose from.

"It's a bit of a hollow feeling.

"Obviously, having batted well and putting a good score on the board . . . to then see it rain again is obviously pretty depressing really." Hesson said Taylor and Ellis had either eaten something that did not agree with them or "caught a bug somewhere".

B J Watling, who replaced McCullum, took his chance by scoring 55 off 86 batting at No 3 while opener Rob Nicol (46 off 74) and James Franklin (35 not out off 40) also chipped in.

"We thought 250 was a competitive total but we probably let in a few too many fours in that first stage of their innings," Taylor said after the game.

"I vomited . . . and I'm still not feeling 100 per cent now but, hopefully, I can ... try and pick myself up for the next game."

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