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Taylor named New Zealand vice-captain
Ross Taylor has been appointed New Zealand vice-captain for the series against Bangladesh and Australia.
The Black Caps have not had a vice-captain in place since Brendon McCullum was relieved of the position in October following the departure of Andy Moles.
But New Zealand Cricket general manager of cricket Geoff Allott insisted Taylor's promotion did not mean McCullum had fallen down the leadership pecking order.
"The Black Caps have deliberately not named a vice-captain in recent times as we wish to allow development of a broader leadership group," he said.
"We are fortunate to currently have two outstanding individuals in Ross Taylor and Brendon McCullum who could both assume the captaincy in the event Daniel Vettori were not available.
"We see real qualities in both of these players and will be giving both of them further opportunities to develop their leadership in forthcoming series.
"Brendon has recently fulfilled the role of stand-by captain, and Ross now gets his opportunity this summer. Both players have offered on-field support and assistance to Dan during recent tours and it is anticipated that this will continue."
New Zealand Cricket are also close to appointing Moles' successor, with the NZC board meeting today to discuss the recommended candidate.
NZC chief executive Justin Vaughan said at the start of the process they hoped to have the new man in place ahead of the series with Bangladesh, which begins on Wednesday.
"It will be discussed at today's board meeting and I am confident an appointment will be made before the start of the Bangladesh series on Wednesday," Vaughan told Radio Sport.
Former South Africa coach Mickey Arthur and ex-Australian batsman and Deccan Chargers coach Darren Lehman are the two most recent names to be linked to the vacant position.
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