Who will be appointed as captain of the Black Caps this afternoon? There's a media conference at 3pm to make the announcement.
There are two candidates; Ross Taylor and Brendon McCullum. Taylor has been the vice-captain in recent times, including matches in the World Cup when Daniel Vettori is injured. On the other hand., McCullum has been a stalwart of the team, and on his day is a devastating batsman. He's also shown an ability to play long innings in test matches; a quality soely lacking in recent years.
Our pick is Ross Taylor. He's proven himself as captain, and has improved significantly since his first hesitant efforts. He is technically the best batsman in the team, and is an outstanding slips fieldsman, which is a good place to captain a team from.
There is no doubting Brendon McCullum's ability, nor his commitment. But we've heard comments to the effect that he can be a divisive character, and that is the last thing that the Black Caps need. We suspect that he has been a close confidante of the former captain, and some of the things that have happened within the Black Caps under Vettori's leadership weren't good.
We love cricket, and we desperately want to see the Black Caps achieving success on a regular basis. We are delighted that John Wright is at the helm, and we hope that when he, John Buchanan and Mark Greatbatch announce their selection this afternoon that Ross Taylor is the annointed one. What say you?
UPDATE (3.08pm): Ross Taylor it is; well done NZC.