New Zealand’s Taylor cleared to play Pakistan

New Zealand's Taylor cleared to play Pakistan. (FILE PHOTO: AFP)
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Veteran New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor was cleared Wednesday to play in the second Test against Pakistan after undergoing a further eye examination.

However, he will required surgery on his left eye after the match, team physiotherapist Tommy Simsek said.

Taylor’s left eye had a form of scarring that needed attention, but it was not yet impacting on the 32-year-old’s sight, he added.

“Ross has a pterygium on his left eye, which is gradually getting bigger. Both the specialists he’s seen in recent days have advised Ross still has 20/20 vision and Ross himself feels confident he is ready to play,” Simsek said.

However, the 77-Test veteran Taylor will miss the limited overs series in Australia early next month while he undergoes surgery.

“Ross will still need to undergo a medical procedure on his eye to remove the pterygium before it gets any larger,” Simsek said.

“He’ll have surgery following the Test which rule him out of cricket for approximately four to six weeks.”

New Zealand have a chance to seal a first series win against Pakistan in more than 30 years with the tourists without talisman Misbah-ul-Haq.

The seventh-ranked Black Caps go into the match which begins Friday 1-0 up in the two-Test series following a comprehensive eight-wicket victory over second-ranked Pakistan in the opening Test in Christchurch.

A win or draw in Hamilton will be enough for New Zealand to notch their first series win over Pakistan since 1985 and only their third ever in 22 series between the two countries.

The last time they met six years ago in Hamilton, New Zealand collapsed spectacularly in their second innings, losing their last eight wickets for 50 runs to be beaten by 10 wickets.

Wahab Riaz took three wickets in that onslaught and comes into contention for this Test after being by-passed in Christchurch.

Pakistan need their own injection of good fortune as they battle to turn around a sub-par batting performance in Christchurch where they totalled only 304 in two innings.