Australia face acid test in ODIs: Taylor – SBS

Ross Taylor is as interested as anyone in how Australia adjust to life without their two batting maestros in the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy series.

The veteran New Zealand batsman was probed by journalists about what impact the absence of captain Steve Smith (ankle injury) and David Warner (rested) would have on Australia’s hopes in the three-match ODI series starting on Monday.

The captaincy is taken over by wicketkeeper Matthew Wade, while Taylor expects Peter Handscomb to play a more-prominent role with the bat after a promising start to his international career.

Former skipper Taylor said it was obvious the missing pair would leave a hole for the visitors, who were key cogs in Australia’s 3-0 pre-Christmas series rout.

“They had a big part to play. Warner’s been in stellar form and Smith, in all formats of the game, has been very consistent and (an) inspirational leader,” he…

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