Attacking batsman Ross Taylor has been appointed as New Zealand captain, succeeding Daniel Vettori who stepped down after this year’s World Cup. The 27-year-old was recommended for the position by New Zealand's director of cricket John Buchanan, national coach John Wright and acting national selection manager Mark Greatbatch, and unanimously approved by the board of New Zealand Cricket.
Chief executive Justin Vaughan said Taylor had been "an impressive deputy to Dan Vettori since taking over the vice-captaincy and (had been) shown to be a very capable leader when he has had the opportunity."
"The process to select the captain has been robust," he said. "We wanted to make sure the right people were involved and that we appointed the right man for the job - I'm sure we have done that."
Taylor has tasted success at the international level with impressive averages in both forms of the game and he is hoping to continue that form after being named the Kiwi captain.
"I've learnt a great deal about leadership having played under Dan Vettori and feel ready to take on what is one of the highest honours in New Zealand sport," he said.
"I'm looking forward to the challenge and appreciate the level of responsibility that comes with captaining your country.
"I believe we have the quality in the dressing room to be a force in world cricket and I'm keen to play the best cricket possible to help take the team forward." Taylor concluded.