New Zealand, Sri Lanka and India tri-series valuable preparation for WC: Taylor

Last Updated: Tue, Aug 10, 2010 10:30 hrs

New Zealand is looking for valuable preparation for the 2011 World Cup on the subcontinent when they play Sri Lanka and India in a three-nation one-day cricket series, according to captain Ross Taylor.

Taylor believes the tournament, starting today at Dambulla where New Zealand play India, will be important for younger members of his squad aspiring to play in the premier one-day event because they will gain experience of pitches similar to those used in the World Cup.

"Definitely, (it's) ideal preparation. Obviously, coming from New Zealand, the pitches are going to play differently but the conditions that we have here and in India and in Bangladesh will be similar to what we are going to experience in the World Cup," NZ Herald quoted Taylor, as saying.

After the tri-series, New Zealand plays a five-match one-day series in Bangladesh in October before embarking on a full tour of India in November and December.

The World Cup, which starts in February, will be jointly hosted by Sri Lanka, India and Bangladesh.

"I think it's good, it gives some other players an opportunity and some youngsters the chance to play in the subcontinent as well. If we can have a squad of 20-odd to pick from and push each other, I think it will augur well for the upcoming months and for the World Cup," Taylor said. (ANI)