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Ross Taylor looking forward for Australia clash

Ross Taylor looking forward for Australia clash
Ross Taylor expressed his keenness on locking horns with Australia in the upcoming Test series which is scheduled in November.
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New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor expressed his keenness on locking horns with Australia in the upcoming Test series which is scheduled in November.

The last time Australia and New Zealand competed in a Test series was in 2011 which ended level with 1-1. 

Taylor stated that from a New Zealand point of view, playing Test cricket against Australia in their own backyard is one of the most awaited contests. 

“Apart from the Cricket World Cup you can't get much better than a test match in their conditions, and it's nice to test yourself out against one of the best teams in the world.

"We've had a lot of good battles over there.

“I enjoy playing them and I'm sure the New Zealand public enjoy us playing them too.” 

New Zealand have enjoyed a strong couple of years in Test cricket without losing a single series out of the five campaigns they took part in since 2014.

Australia on the other hand, have recently lost the 2015 Ashes to England and are currently undergoing a phase of rebuilding after the retirements of senior players.

“You grow up watching them and everyone knows the majority of the Australian players.

"They may have lost the Ashes but they play really differently at home and I'm looking forward to it and I'm sure the rest of the team are too."

From six Tests against Australia, Taylor has 442 runs at an average of 36.83 with one hundred and two fifties.

After the Test series against Australia, New Zealand will host Sri Lanka for two Tests, five One-Day Internationals and two Twenty20 Internationals.

The third and the fourth ODIs against Sri Lanka will be held at the Saxton Oval in Nelson, which according Taylor is becoming a popular ground in New Zealand.

"I always enjoyed playing here before at Saxton Oval with CD (Central Districts), it's a very picturesque ground and it's well supported.

“I think these little boutique grounds are becoming very popular across the world and Saxton Oval and Nelson get a lot of profile out of it world-wide.”

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