Taylor to miss Australia ODI series


New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor will face Pakistan in the second Test before needing surgery on his eye, ruling him out of the one-day international series in Australia.

The 32-year-old is battling problems with his vision but was cleared to play in Hamilton starting Friday after seeing a second eye specialist.

However, Taylor needs surgery after the two-Test series, which New Zealand lead 1-0, meaning he will miss the three ODIs in Australia, the first of which takes place on December 4.

"Ross has a pterygium on his left eye, which is gradually getting bigger," Black Caps physiotherapist Tommy Simsek said.

"Both the specialists he's seen in recent days have advised Ross still has 20/20 vision and Ross himself feels confident he is ready to play.

"Ross will still need to undergo a medical procedure on his eye to remove the pterygium before it gets any larger.

"He'll have surgery following the Test which rule him out of cricket for approximately four to six weeks."

Taylor is also likely to miss at least the start of New Zealand's limited-overs matches against Bangladesh.

New Zealand take on Bangladesh in a three-match ODI series starting December 26, before also facing them in a trio of Twenty20 International contests.