Taylor sets sights on regaining pride in Indore


Ross Taylor wants New Zealand to use another heavy defeat to galvanise themselves in the third and final Test with India.

The Black Caps, beaten by 197 runs in the first of the three-match series, were defeated in convincing fashion once again at Eden Gardens on Monday, the hosts wrapping up the series with a 178-run success.

Chasing a daunting 376 for victory, New Zealand got off to a strong start and passed 100 for the loss of only wicket.

However, from 104-1 they crumbled to 197 all out, Taylor falling for four, meaning he has scored just 60 runs in his past seven Tests innings.

Standing in as captain for the ill Kane Williamson, Taylor hopes for an improved display when the series concludes in Indore, starting on Saturday.

"We put a very good India side under pressure but credit to them, they withstood and [Wrridhiman] Saha in both innings at crucial times got a lot of runs and got them over the line," Taylor said in his post-match presentation.

"Any time you've got a 112-run deficit [from the first innings] you're under pressure. It was always going to be difficult, the way Tom Latham batted [for his 74] was outstanding.

"We'll take the positives into the next match, we're 2-0 down with nothing to lose and hopefully it will be a better performance in Indore. We'll pick ourselves up and hopefully put in a good performance.

"It was good to see him [Williamson] at the ground [on Monday]. He still looks a bit pale, but hopefully he gets some energy back.

"It will be good to have him back, he's a world class player."