Batsman Ross Taylor has been named as the new captain of New Zealand as successor to Daniel Vettori, who stood down following the 2011 World Cup.
Taylor had been his vice-captain and was the unanimous choice of a selection panel which comprised Director of Cricket John Buchanan, Coach John Wright and Acting National Selection Manager Mark Greatbatch.
"Ross has been an impressive deputy to Dan Vettori since taking over the vice-captaincy and shown to be a very capable leader when he has had the opportunity," New Zealand Cricket chief executive Justin Vaughan said.
"We are delighted by Ross’s appointment and believe he will proudly lead the BLACKCAPS in what promises to be an exciting time for the team
"The process to select the captain has been robust. 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.
"While I congratulate Ross I would also like to acknowledge the wonderful contribution Daniel Vettori has made during his time as captain. Dan has been an astute leader and excellent role model and would like to pass on my thanks on behalf of every cricket fan across the country."
Taylor added that he was humbled to be given the job on a full-time basis.
"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. I’m excited about the future."
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