; Former captain Ross Taylor has slammed New Zealand's team management, dismissing head coach Mike Hesson's advice as laughable, and claimed he was not given enough support in his 18-month stint as skipper.
Taylor was stripped of the Twenty20 and one-day captaincy last week on Hesson's recommendation, and rejected an offer to stay on as Test skipper in the wake of New Zealand's drawn Test series away to Sri Lanka.
Opener Brendon McCullum will take on all three roles and faces a baptism of fire as he leads New Zealand on tour to South Africa later this month.
"I knew it'd be tough from the outset (with Hesson).I gave him as much support as I could but it wasn't reciprocated," Sports24 quoted Taylor, as saying to a news website.
"We liaised during the Champions League," added the 28-year-old, who played with the Delhi Daredevils at the T20 tournament in South Africa in October. He wrote down a few things for me to improve on, which were laughable, frankly," he added/
Hesson, a career coach with no experience as a player at senior level, was appointed in July.
Taylor, New Zealand's top Test batsman, has opted out of the tour to South Africa in a blow for the tourists' hopes of upsetting the No 1-ranked Test nation in their two-match series.
"I knew I had areas to work on, like in communication, but I didn't get much support," Taylor said of his captaincy, during which New Zealand struggled in all three formats of the game.
"Instead, I organised a number of things myself, like chatting to (psychologist) Gilbert Enoka. I thought that indicated I was trying to be a better captain. I'm more disappointed in the process to be told four days before the Test series began (in Sri Lanka) that they didn't want me as captain," he added. (ANI)