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Taylor's relationship with Hesson a 'work in progress'

Published: 3:21PM Thursday February 07, 2013 Source: ONE Sport

Ex-Black Caps captain Ross Taylor has admitted his relationship with coach Mike Hesson is far from perfect after his first training run back with the national side.

Taylor is expected to return to the line-up in the first Twenty20 international against England at Eden Park on Saturday night following his self-imposed exile.

He told reporters after the session that he had met with Hesson as they try to repair their working relationship, but he said he was keen to put the captaincy debacle behind him and focus on contributing with the bat.

"The relationship's a work in progress, but I've got friends in the team and I'm looking forward to playing for them and obviously playing for management and the country as well," Taylor said.

"I just want to get out there and play some cricket. I always enjoy representing my country and hopefully I can do that with some pride over the next six weeks of this tour."

Taylor felt his return to the team had been well received by his team-mates and said there were no grudges held between him and new captain Brendon McCullum.

He admitted there may be a bit of rust to shake out on Saturday night after only a handful of Plunket Shield innings' to his name as preparation for the tour.

"I'm not sure how good I'll be when I'm out there, but I'll give it my best. That is what I did when I was a young kid playing cricket and hopefully I can just go out there and enjoy myself.

"I'm still probably a little bit rusty, but I suppose I'm fresh and ready to go."

New Zealand will be full of confidence going into the match thanks to the New Zealand XI's upset of England in Whangarei yesterday.