New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor hopes the experience of playing county cricket alongside Stuart Broad will work to his advantage during the Blackcaps’ two-Test series against England.
Nottinghamshire paceman Broad’s 10 dismissals of Taylor in 16 matches are the most by any bowler against the veteran right-hander.
England’s rotation policy means there are no guarantees that either Broad or longstanding new-ball partner James Anderson, the hosts’ two most successful Test bowlers, will feature in the series opener at Lord’s starting on Wednesday.
But the 37-year-old Taylor is looking to make the most of a 2018 English season spent playing alongside Broad for Nottinghamshire.
“I had the fortune to play with him at Notts and saw the way he went about things, I heard him talking to bowlers and I asked him a few questions,” Taylor told reporters ahead of what is set to be his 106th Test.
“I wish I had that knowledge up my sleeve before a few more of those series.
“He has obviously got me out a few times, as most bowlers have, but he’s a very good bowler along with Jimmy Anderson and the rest of them, with the Duke (ball) in hand they’re world-class bowlers in any conditions.”
Taylor, confident a calf injury he suffered last month won’t prove to be a lingering problem, added: “There’s been a bit of talk about rest and rotation. We’ll see who’s playing on Wednesday morning.”