Cricket - Black Caps welcome back Taylor

England have learned the exact identity of their New Zealand Twenty20 opposition as they headed north from Auckland to Whangarei - the venue for their first match action on tour.

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Cricket - Black Caps welcome back Taylor

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Ross Taylor is to be welcomed back in the New Zealand camp against England

Stuart Broad's Twenty20 specialists, and Alastair Cook's one-day international side too, know for sure after New Zealand's squad announcements that they will face former Kiwi captain Ross Taylor in both formats.

The batsman returns as expected, having apparently re-established a working relationship with New Zealand coach Mike Hesson. Taylor took part in the ongoing Plunket Shield match for Central Districts against the hosts on the second ground at Eden Park and will be reinstated for back-to-back series of three Twenty20s and three ODIs - starting next week.

Hesson reflected not just on the inclusion of Taylor but also those of all-rounder Andrew Ellis in both squads and uncapped batsman Hamish Rutherford for the Twenty20s. Ellis will captain a New Zealand XI in two Twenty20 warm-up fixtures against England on Monday and Wednesday before the three-match series begins back in Auckland a week on Saturday.

Hesson said: "Andrew proved his worth with the team last summer, while Ross is a world-class batsman who is a key part of this Black Caps side. Hamish has shown he is an explosive batsman and we hope he can bring that form to the Black Caps."

Twenty-three-year-old opener Rutherford, the son of former Kiwi Test batsman Ken, is the only uncapped player to be selected in squads which are still missing frontline seamer Tim Southee while he continues his recovery from a thumb injury.

New Zealand's national selection general manager Kim Littlejohn said: "There are a couple of changes that have been forced through injury, but essentially we want to be seen to provide continuity from one series to the next.

"We are, however, looking at developing talented youngsters and finding a new crop of all-rounders in our build-up to the Champions Trophy in June and the 2015 Cricket World Cup."

New Zealand Twenty20 squad (v England, starting February 9): B McCullum (Captain, wkt), T Boult, I Butler, G Elliott, A Ellis, J Franklin, M Guptill, R Hira, M McClenaghan, N McCullum, C Munro, H Rutherford, R Taylor

New Zealand ODI squad (v England, starting February 17): B McCullum (Captain, wkt), T Boult, G Elliott, A Ellis, J Franklin, M Guptill, M McClenaghan, N McCullum, Kyle Mills, C Munro, R Taylor, BJ Watling, K Williamson

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