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Taylor made Kiwis' captain

Former MCC Young Cricketer, Ross Taylor, has been named as New Zealand's new captain - replacing Daniel Vettori who stepped down earlier this year.

Taylor trained at Lord's in the 2002, 2003 and 2004 seasons and made his One Day International debut in 2006 going on to play 30 Tests, 107 ODIs and 37 Twenty20s for the Black Caps.

He will captain the team in all formats of the game.

Taylor's elevation brings to four the number of former MCC Young Cricketers (YCs) who are now international captains.

Darren Sammy (at Lord's in 2003/4) is currently skipper of the West Indies side; Will Porterfield (at Lord's in 2004, '05 & '06) has lead Ireland and Mohammed Nabi (at Lord's in 2007) was named as captain of Afghanistan at the end of last year.

'Quiet man'
Former MCC Head Coach, Clive Radley MBE, who coached all four men in their time at Lord's said of the newest captain Taylor:

"Ross was always a pretty good thinker on the game.

"He was only about 20 when he first joined and was quite a quiet lad when he was on the staff - but when he did speak it was clear he was a good thinker on the game.

"I'd like to say 'Good luck' to him. I'm impressed with the way he's come on as a cricketer and a young man."

'Captaincy coaching school'

And what of Radley (who, in 2008, collected an MBE for services to cricket) and his 'captaincy coaching school' with the crop of team leaders on the world stage coming from his coaching.

"They obviously get a good grounding at Lord's!" Radley said.

"As well as all the batting, bowling and fielding coaching we give the lads at Lord's - part of the object is for them to pick up the basics and the way the game's played.

"It's good to see so many of them go on to such good things."

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