Ross Taylor who has been suffering from a torn muscle on the left side, is likely to make a comeback in the Island of Origin T20 game. Taylor suffered the injury during the ODI series against Pakistan and struggling to attain the match fitness. As a result, Taylor could not take part in the Chappel-Hadlee Trophy and the ongoing test series against the mighty Aussies.
However, the veteran Kiwi batsman is expected to head the North Island side against the South Island that is to be played in Wellington on February 28. The match is seen as a warm-up game before the Blackcaps will fly to India to participate in the World T20
According to the national selector of New Zealand, Gavin Larsen, this match is a great opportunity for many players to get into the blistering T20 mode.
Apart from the middle order batsman, Ross Taylor, the allrounder Grant Elliot, quickies Mitchell McClenaghan and Adam Milne, fierce hitted Colin Munro, wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi and the leggie Ish Sodhi will represent the North Island.
On the other hand, the South Island will be captained by the top order batsman Tom Latham, the offspinner Nathan McCullum and the emerging batting star Henry Nicholls.