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Cricket news - Ross Taylor suffers grade one calf strain

"Fingers crossed everything is good and we still have time on our side, but we'll just have to wait" - Gary Stead, New Zealand coach

Ross Taylor, New Zealand batsman, has suffered a grade one calf strain ahead of the England tour. The 37-year-old played six deliveries in the nets at the High Performance Centre in Lincoln before limping away.

"Taylor will return to batting and running next week before linking up with the Test squad ahead of their departure for England next weekend," a NZC statement said.

Meanwhile, Gary Stead, New Zealand's coach, admitted that the injury to Taylor was a bit of a concern. "You are always worried when any injuries happen, but someone of Ross's standing and calibre as a Test player, you always have a little bit of a concern," he told reporters. "Fingers-crossed... everything is good and we still have time on our side, but we'll just have to wait and see what the medical team say," he added.

Incidentally, Taylor was troubled by a hamstring niggle during the New Zealand summer and was ruled out of two ODIs against Bangladesh. The New Zealand set-up is scheduled to fly over to England in the middle of May. The two-Test series versus England starts on June 2 followed by the World Test Championship final against India in Southampton.

New Zealand are set to miss the services of their IPL-based players - Kane Williamson, Trent Boult, Mitchell Santner and Kyle Jamieson - for at least the first Test versus England due to quarantine rules. New Zealand announced a 20-member squad for the series against England, which in turn would be trimmed to 15 for the WTC final.