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Ross Taylor mystified at IPL auctions

Some food for thought as New Zealand's T20 squad crosses the Tasman today for the start of the Tri-Series this Saturday in Sydney.

Six of Australia's squad to prepare for the game at the Sydney Cricket Ground have been snapped up for more than $1 million in the Indian Premier League.

The Kiwis won't be quaking at the prospect, though, as they know these players and their capabilities from the Big Bash League and past experience.

They also know the fickle world that is the IPL and the unusual events that occur at auction time.

New Zealand will be represented in the April-May jamboree too, if not to the extent they might have hoped. One of those who will be there, Colin Munro, is back in the New Zealand squad after sitting out the decider against Pakistan on Sunday night to rest a minor hamstring twinge.

His thunderous hitting has been a real asset in the short form games this summer and his return will allow captain Kane Williamson to return to his regular No3 spot, after sitting in for Munro at Mount Maunganui, a move which didn't work out.

Ross Taylor is off to Sydney too. Putting the words Taylor and T20 in the same sentence has tended to provoke strong reactions.

There's a feeling, on one hand, that the New Zealand veteran has been poorly treated by the national selectors when it comes to T20 selection. The counter argument has been that his runs haven't come fast enough.

Taylor got 22 off 13 balls in the game one win at Wellington over Pakistan, and a flying 25 off 11 at the Mount, as if to prove a point. Just when it looked as if he might be a chance to rip the game – and series – away from Pakistan, he was contentiously caught behind, after a DRS referral.

Taylor looked unconvinced but there was no stopping the Pakistanis, who ended their tour, much of which they had whimpered their way through, with a roar and moved to No1 ranking, dislodging New Zealand.


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